Andre, a graduate of Youth On Record classes at Savio House, is now teaching classes with us at Devereux Cleo Wallace. Andre will be attending Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida for music production in the fall. Congrats buddy and great work in the classroom!!
Synergy School students have mastered multitasking. Highly motivated to amass a body of work, many students spend class time producing, recording and writing lyrics.
About week five of each quarter YOR students begin taking full responsibility for running the recording process. This is also about the time when student's particular interests are applied to the various processes that make up music production. I see an engineer in the making!
Many students pair up and work together to compliment their individual talents. One of the neatest things that we instructors see, is how the various styles represented in the students lead to interesting results. We are surprised every day how willing students are to work with each other.
The APC40 is one of the many pieces of hardware that is available to the young producer. Seen here, a student interacts with the software via the hardware. Once the YOR students becomes familiar with some of the hardware of music production, the closer they are to live production in front of an audience.
Chris Guillot, owner of Cherry Sound Studios in Denver, Colorado, and lead instructor for Flobots.org Art to Action program, is a frequent guest to the Youth On Record classroom. Also a recording artist, Chris represents many aspects of the music industry and is a valuable resource to our program as well as the city of Denver. Thanks brother!
Every three weeks we hold a recording night at Synergy School to insure that all the students who wish to record are able to do so. Sometimes we go well into the night to get all the material recorded.
Diana Sabreen, founder of Shoot Cameras Not Guns, held a workshop at Synergy School to help create student album covers. We had a great time shooting long exposure shots in the dark. Look for the album covers in the very near future.
Basic music theory is a lesson that we have included in the new Youth On Record curriculum. We are teaching scales, major and minor chords, as well as the circle of fifths and song structure. We introduce the concepts on the smart board, reinforce it through worksheets and then drive it home through a process of demonstration. Between the three approaches the students are able to grasp it very well.