Zanewood Community Center offers young people a free chance to hone their musical skills – or any other art form ranging from skits and spoken word to video recording – through its open music studio program.
Located in the corner of the Zanewood Multipurpose Hall at 7100 Zane Ave. N., is a small music studio, complete with soundproofing, microphone, controller and digital musical instrument interface keyboard and studio monitor speakers.
While the studio itself isn’t new this year, the program resumed with a new instructor in August.
“I think the overall goal of the program that they originally started was to be able to kind of have a space for our young people to express their thoughts, their feelings, to be able to have their voices heard,” Ai said. Vang, program for adolescents. specialist. “That was the big part of opening the studio, whether it was through music, art or poetry.”
The setup allows instructor Jonathan Moore to teach young people to create beats or other instruments, and to write, sing, rap or perform their own music, depending on their own interests and goals.
“I focus on the kids, where they are, where they need to go, and I kind of build on that,” Moore said. “I was based on what young people want, so it’s not like you come in and I choose (what you learn). If you don’t want to learn how to make beats, I’m not going to show you how to make beats. If you want to learn how to better understand the structure of a song and how to write lyrics, this is what I’m going to teach you.
The program offers studio time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youth between grades 6 and 12 can register for the program through the city’s website. Zanewood also strives to offer the program for the K-5 age group.
“It’s exciting – what I’m trying to convey to them is that the studio takes time, it takes a long time,” Moore said. “When you bring a bunch of kids here you have six, seven kids here at a time, I’ve found the best ways to structure everything. … I want to make sure that the children’s time is used in the best way that will benefit them.
Although the main focus of the program was music, in preparation for an upcoming open mic party, the group also worked on skits written by the youth.
The program’s first open mic event took place on October 7 at Zanewood.
“I’m really going to be a part of it too, so I’m going to do something too, probably a spoken word or something,” Moore said. “They’re trying to get some adults at the recreation center to join the kids, to be a part of it.”
Moore hopes to host more open mic events as the program continues to grow.
Children in the program sometimes work independently and in other cases work in groups, depending on their level of experience.
“They had a song that they wrote as a group,” Moore said.
Group writing “gets kids used to developing song structure and how to relate to another artist if you wanted to, you know, do a duet or whatever,” he said. he declares.
Young people with more experience may come up with a specific goal in mind, such as recording a song that they have already written, while young people with less experience may gain basic knowledge of recording equipment and techniques.
“It’s like, OK, well, you know where you want to go. I will provide the tools. I will help you along the way, solve the problems. Moore said. “With inexperienced kids it’s kind of like, OK, if you want to write a song, like the band song we wrote, I had to give them some information. They didn’t know that every song had an area of interest, a topic, did they? Each song is in some sort of genre. So it’s like, OK, well, before you can even start writing about the song, we’ve got to figure out as a band what we’re going to write this song about.
Students also began to understand the difference between performing a song and just reading it on a sheet of paper, Moore said.
“I’ve had up to 11 kids here at a time and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s fantastic to know that they can come here and get what they need, ”he said.
With many young people interested in video platforms like YouTube and TikTok, “now I think we’re moving more towards video editing, they seem to be interested in that,” Moore said.
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