Take a listen to some of what students at GRP have been working on!
Here are some bits and pieces of songs and recordings from 2014 Summer Music Institute.
A major component of our teen program, Sound Scholars, is the creation of experimental audio projects. The theme in Spring 2014 was Philly Music History! And what a fascinating history it is! From Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Sun Ra to American Bandstand to the Dead Milkmen- the group discussed both familiar and lesser known artists while also exploring the stories that we’ve never been told. Sound Scholars took out A LOT of books from the library, went to a Sun Ra concert, learned about Gamble + Huff, interviewed punk musicians from the 80s, and in the end students chose one artist that resonated with them for their experimental audio project.
The theme in Fall 2013 was Education in Philadelphia. This theme enabled the group to explore the Philadelphia public school closings and budget cuts, the school-to-prison pipeline, and youth oppression. These audio projects could include found sound, original music, poetry, interview clips, or any sound the students found inspiring or expressive of their experiences; these projects allowed our students to explore all the possibilities of sound and think beyond a traditional narrative or song structure while also providing a creative and communal space for them to discuss and process their personal experiences of being youth in Philadelphia. Students read articles, listened to podcasts, watched videos, and had group discussions in order to ground these conversations.
Projects from 2013 Summer Music Institute.
Here are a couple audio projects from our 2013 Summer Music Institute. Our theme was “Explorations in Sound”. We built contact microphones, wrote experimental music, recorded the sounds of our city and learned how to use editing software. Many of our students were using audio recorders for the first time!
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