PETERSBURG, Virginia (WWBT) – Lakemont Elementary School unveiled the “Dream Lab”, helping to increase opportunities for students.
The Dream Lab was presented at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 9.
Students will be able to create music, write songs, and learn to use sound material in the Dream Lab while learning about the STEM Road Map program.
The new class hits all the right notes with the students who were able to test the room.
âI was like ‘wow’ when I saw it,â said Gabriel Dabney. âI love the colors and the cool gear. It’s like the stuff the artist records on, âsaid Dereon Johnson.
The Dream Lab is an interactive music studio that teaches students about music production. Students will be able to create music, write songs and learn to use sound equipment.
âThey will learn aspects of DJing, sound recording and engineering, as well as video editing,â said Irving Jennings, CIS site coordinator.
The school says a student’s enthusiasm for academics begins in elementary school and this new curriculum allows them to explore more than just their basic studies.
âWhen they’re excited they want to come to school and with this opportunity we think they’ll want to come and participate,â said principal Moseley of Lakemont Elementary.
The Dream Lab was created by teachers from Lakemont in partnership with Communities In Schools.
Originally the lab was intended to become a production mentorship program, but it has evolved into a recording studio that gets students thinking about the future.
âAnything they can dream of, we want to make sure it’s a vision for them,â said manager Moseley.
âKids tell you all the time that the way to connect with them is through technology and music, so all of a sudden,â Jennings said. “So they can use it now and in their future.”
Although this is only a demo for Dereon Johnson and Gabriel Dabney, they are excited for the new school year.
âIt feels good because we have a lot of support from people who care about us,â Dabney said. âA lot of people are encouraging us. “
The Dream Lab will be available full time for students starting next school year in September.
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