Music Production Workshop

For our Civic Engagement project we created a Music Production Workshop for youth that would provide the skills and knowledge they need to begin creating music themselves using digital tools while simultaneously providing potential for connections to other youth with similar interests. The program was completely free to attend and using software that is free to download. We were able to teach the seven-session long workshop to two youth who met with us in person at SPNN. We also created an online curriculum for learning basic music theory, songwriting tips, and using our chosen music production software, Waveform Free, that could be used by youth in the future.

Our goal was to create a welcoming environment for youth to learn in and feel empowered to explore musically. Our workshop was a learning-circle based environment, one where both teachers and participants worked together as peers and participants felt empowered to share their own knowledge. We have our final day on Saturday, July 10th where participants will share parts of their songs, if they desire, and we will share ways in which they can release their music themselves and resources for them to continue making music and continue their music education.

Group members: Grayson Betz, Rachel Brodt, Jackie Tyson
Community partner: SPNN

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Each year our 35 CTEP AmeriCorps members choose community action projects that make a contribution to bridging the digital divide. The CTEP civic engagement projects are often cited by CTEP AmeriCorps members, staff, supervisors, and community supporters as one of the most unique and energizing parts of the program. This is one of the 2021 civic engagement projects.