Rachel B. Noel Middle School
We began a new program today at a truly wonderful place, Rachel B. Noel Middle School in NE Denver! We are teaching there as part of an after school program that is sponsored by the flobots.org called Art to Action. We began the class explaining to the students who we are, as an organization, and what we do. We then gave a brief history of modern music production beginning with Duke Ellington, explained how modern sampling was born out of the New York boroughs with the dj, how it was furthered with the advancements in technology, all culminating in the modern production studio, the computer. We played examples of popular songs that used samples from songs written much earlier in order to demonstrate what sampling actually is. Then, we introduced music production software and demonstrated how to navigate it on a fundamental level.
We split the group into two with the intention of having the students pick samples, from our sample bank, in order that we might arrange them into a song together; the idea being that the following week the students would record lyrics over the song. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rachel B. Noel Middle School, it is truly am amazing place. Check them out at noel.dpsk12.org.
thanks to the Flobots.org for inviting us into their programming
Devereux Cleo Wallace
While these guys were out at Rachel B. Noel, I headed out to teach my first solo class at Devereux on Monday. Since this was also a designated recording day, I asked Dylan to step up and run the recording room. That freed me up to be with the students in the class, and I worked individually with everyone on their projects. I got a nice sense of freedom from the responsibility resting solely on my shoulders, which may sound contradictory, but rising to any occasion in a way that satisfied one's self provides a sense of empowerment; I guess it felt like freedom to me (power/ability=freedom?). I had a very fun day, and we even got some work done. Justin recorded two out of three verses, and we'll finish that up and post in next week. Dylan got a song done:
Tuesday, Nate joined me again, and we worked with everyone individually. Dylan and Chad worked through the recording from Monday, adding effects and mixing the tracks, and we gave the rest of the students a new round of samples provided by Jeremy Irwin of Pushtank - Thank You Jeremy. We have a month to go with this school term, and we've recently finished the entire set of fundamental lesson plans. We are going back to the drawing board, so look for something interesting in terms of the content of our upcoming programming. January will be the beginning of our advanced lessons format, and we're very excited: stay tuned.