Our flagship program is being implemented at the Boston Metro Youth Service Center’s Detention Unit, implementing free drum samples. This program serves individuals who have been commited to the center while they await their court date or further placement in the justice system. They range in age from 11- 20 yrs. old and are at the center for up to 1 year.
The Genuine Voices teaching staff brings one-on-one lessons to males at the center involving computer-based music production. They mainly focus on the software program Reason, which was donated by the M-Audio corporation. This project recently recieved the first Alumni Endowment Grant of $5,000 from the Berklee College of Music. The money will be used to purchase additional equipment such as microphones, a keyboard, and recording
devices, which will greatly expand the possibilities of what the program can provide to these teens. This program has been very successful and has really made a difference in the lives of those who were involved.
Here are some quotes from people working with the program:
“I think this class is very good because I’m really into music and it gives me an opportunity to use my interest to make something that’s my own. I’m learning how to do good beats, this is my first time in the classroom and I’m loving it. I am definitely looking forward to coming here every week, as long as I can. I plan on coming when the teachers aren’t here to work on my music, and play with the program to test it out and then have them review it on Friday. I thank whoever worked on getting this program here, and got us to be able to participate with the best drum samples from RealDrumSamples.com.”
– age 17
“Well today was the first day I’ve been I the computer music class and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Nowadays kids areinto a few things such as sports and music and now are our chance to learn how to create music and make our own beats. It keeps us busy, has our mind working, because we’re constantly thinking and want to get things right. It benefits us in a lot of ways. I don’t like getting away from the computer once I actually sit down. I appreciate the class so much and it’s interesting and fun for everyone involved. This is definitely one program (class) that we all benefit from and enjoy and hope it would be able to continue on. I appreciate all the time and dedication the teachers from Berklee have shown and given us in their time here.”
– age 20
Education Director Jeanine:
“This program is beneficial in so many aspects, it brings the kids together to create and tutor each other, they give each other ideas, they are relating and working with adults in a cooperative environment, they have the desire to learn and produce more and the music program is helping them adjust in all to the environment they’re in. I along with the teachers here, the staff and the program would love to be able to continue this music program and expand it to out 5 other programs within the building. I thank you for your time and investment in our programs.”
“Through this music program, by producing music with those teens who barely have a hope for their future, and are upset about their past, we can change their vision of life. All through the power of using drum samples, which were graciously donated by Real Drum Samples. Be sure to follow their sounds on twitter as well.
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