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Free Digital Music Class for PPS High School Students!

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Free Digital Music Class for PPS High School Students!
Posted on 02/01/2018
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High school students in the Portland Public Schools are invited to participate in a free digital music class, starting Feb. 6. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 2.

317 Main Community Music Center and Portland High School are collaborating to offer the beat-making and audio production class for city high school students. The new class, taught by Portland artists and beat makers Just Plain Jones and Kafari, is free and open to all levels: artists who are already producing, students who just want to fool around with sound and everyone in between.

“We are hoping this project can be a space to support an inclusive beat-making community where young people can share their art and give feedback to each other, work on collaborative projects and delve into the fundamentals of being a producer and musician,” said Jake Hoffmann, 317 Main Partnership Program coordinator.

The class will meet 10 times on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 6. to March 16 at Portland High School from 5-7 p.m.  (No class during February break.)

Students are expected to commit to all 10 class meetings to build a supportive and trusting creative environment.  This class could be a Capstone project or Extended Learning Opportunity for interested students.  PHS students have first priority though all are encouraged to get in touch.

Students will engage in digital music making through sampling, looping, recording, and synthesizing sounds using production software.  Students will learn how to build beats and songs while also investigating the fundamentals of production, including mixing, equalization, MIDI technology, and other tools.  This class will be project-based, and students will engage in individual and collaborative compositions.

Interested students should contact Jake at Jake@317Main.org or PHS Music Teacher Jayne Sawtelle at sawtej@portlandschools.org