On May 9th, we held our final event of the Spring 2015 Digital Music Production Workshop: a listening party to celebrate the amazing work the students have produced over the past 8 sessions.
Youth participants were encouraged to invite friends and family to join our informal celebration and get to know the teaching artists and staff. There was a playlist of student work playing throughout the day, as well as a station for participants and their guests to play around with sampling and recording lyrics. Youth participants even showed up early to help set up all the equipment for the day.
The first half of the event was full of introductions, mingling, and reminiscing about the workshop series. The students that would be performing were doing last minute prep and trying to calm their nerves before the show started. Around 2 PM, the teaching artists and admin teams spoke briefly about the program and the future of the workshop series. We also presented a short video that recapped the workshop program.
And finally... we had our very talented participant performances! Each and every performer left the crowd stunned by their talent. To stand up and perform in front of an audience of 35+ is one thing, but to leave them captivated is quite another. The performances served as a perfect way to cap the the workshops.
After the performances, participants’ tracks from the workshop series were distributed on thumb drives, and participants proudly picked up certificates of participation.
It was another fantastic day with a fantastic group of young producers. We look forward to staying in touch with the participants and continuing to cultivate their interest and expertise in music production! Keep building those beats!