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August 4, 2017 - No Comments!

New song from Melanin Records!

Through a partnership with Baltimore City’s YouthWorks, the Believe in Music program was temporarily transformed into a worksite modeled after our student’s record label!

This summer our students were employed by Melanin Records to work as songwriters, performers, studio engineers, and producers. Our students worked with instructors to create their own instrumentals, record their own podcasts, as well as write and record their own songs. The first three weeks were training weeks, consisting of daily Ableton lessons and guided group recording projects. Students also played rhyming games and workshopped each other’s lyrics. During the last two weeks, students worked on self-guided creative projects and collaborations.

Check out one of our favorite tracks from the kids this summer, "America"
and make sure to stayed tuned with Melanin Records'
 blog and instagram pages. Be on the lookout for more creative content from our students!

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July 12, 2017 - No Comments!

Summer Program in Full Swing!

We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are! These have been an exciting few weeks! First, we want to congratulate Greg Megginson, a recent graduate of the program who we were able to hire as a part-time educator. Greg is an incredibly talented artist and has stepped up in big ways to mentor our younger students. He is excelling at pushing them to improve their skills! We are thrilled to have Greg part of the team!

Through a partnership with the City of Baltimore, Believe in Music is now a YouthWorks work site. As a YouthWorks partner, we provide job opportunities to our youth as they learn how to succeed through various music industry professions. This initiative has allowed us to incorporate management and financial literacy to our curriculum. Our summer program is modeled after Melanin Records with youth employed as rappers and singers, producers, managers, and PR agents. Melanin Records will be releasing an EP at the end of the summer, complete with the songs recorded during the five-week YouthWorks session.

You can keep up with Melanin Records through their new blog here

 

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Greg teaching his first songwriting workshop.

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All computers are outfitted with Ableton Live so several students can mix and master several songs simultaneously and share them online immediately.

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Through the generosity of Shoe City and a few other community partners, our recording studio is complete with state-of-the-art equipment!

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Board member and Union Craft Brewing, Co. owner Jon Zerivitz visits the studio to see what Aniyja's group is working on.

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First recording session

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June 5, 2017 - No Comments!

Congratulations 2017 Graduates

We are so proud to share with you that Believe in Music celebrated the high school graduation of three of our students last week! Running an after school program in West Baltimore comes with many challenges, and having such a resilient group of students makes every obstacle easier to overcome. Dionna, Greg, and Nick have worked so hard during their time with the program and we are thrilled to see all the ways they will continue to accomplish!

Greg will be joining us as an employee this summer. It is an honor to create opportunities for our students that help them achieve their dreams!

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January 17, 2017 - No Comments!

Melanin Records Release Show *FREE*

On Friday, February 24th, Believe in Music students will be performing LIVE for the first time in 2017 for their friends, family, and neighbors at The Motor House from 7-9 PM. Admission is FREE and open to the public! There will be several live performances as well as student DJs spinning throughout the night. We want you to come, bring your friends, and celebrate the hard work our students have done this school year!

This is the release show for Melanin Records, our student-managed record label. The kids have elected to create their own label through which they can maintain ownership of their original music and learn how to conduct themselves as professionals in the music industry!

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March 22, 2016 - Comments Off on The Covers Project

The Covers Project

Our cover song project was created with the same spirit of our “video of the day.” The ultimate goal of the cover song project is to broaden our students’ musical interests and challenge our students to express their artistic talent in unfamiliar ways. Their confidence will increase as the students learn how to overcome obstacles. Allowing the kids to write their own songs while introducing unusual material to them has yielded some pretty impressive results. Kids who only listened to hip-hop are singing Grateful Dead songs, while girls who idolize Adele and Beyonce are recording songs by Sam Cooke and Beach House. Hidden talent is being revealed from these students as they jump out of their comfort zone! Videos of all the Believe in Music cover song projects can be found on our youtube page.

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March 21, 2016 - Comments Off on Video of the Day

Video of the Day

“Video of the day” is a new teaching tool we came up with to help expose our students to diverse musical genres and styles on a daily basis. At the start of every class, our students watch a YouTube of the teacher’s choosing. We’ve viewed clips of everything from Bad Brains and Nirvana to Future Islands to Public Enemy and KRS One. In the video below, you see an entire class of high school who had never seen the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” by Nirvana before. Most of our class hadn’t heard of artists like Jimi Hendrix or Miles Davis, who paved the way for today’s artists to create music that is true to their inner voice. The video of the day represents our unique approach to teaching that involves tracing the impact of music on the human experience and helping our students connect musical history to their daily lives. We hope that by introducing our students to material that may be obscure to them, we will broaden their artistic horizons and encourage them to expand their interests.
Future Islands dance party:

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