They started with the beat, testing the right combinations of drum kits and instruments. Then it was on to the bass, mapping out a rhythm to match the drum rhythms written on the white board.
As they experimented, teacher Rosaria Macera jumped back and forth between students, making sure they kept time and arranged everything right.
How do you have a room full of kids learn drums, bass, guitar and piano all in one sitting, all at the same time? Give them a tablet computer with the right app, and cue the music.
“It’s definitely something different,” said Josh Morello, a 14-year-old student. “Honestly, it’s a very fun experience. I’ve honestly made some very good music that I never thought I could make.”