Have you ever wondered what it would be like to mix your own beat and groove to your own recording? Or learn how to lay down tracks on cutting-edge software? Or compose and record a jingle for a commercial?
Thanks to the funding you give the Center, students at our Academy are doing more than jamming during a class period. During MUS 105: Digital Music Production, students are not only receiving high school credit, but learning important computer skills, as well as the technical skills needed for many opportunities in the music production industry.
“This class is more than learning music software, it’s about creativity and expression,” says class instructor, Mario Miragliotta, who holds two Masters in Music, one in Performance from Yale University and the other in Orchestral Conducting from University of Southern California.
“There is tremendous positive impact on a child’s self-esteem when he transforms a musical idea in his head to a fully-produced recording played back on a computer or CD,” says Miragliotta. “The end product is so fun that the learning and growing happens easily.“
“During the semester, students work both independently and in groups to complete several projects that they present to the class. They learn how to work within a team, take criticism and to support their peers. But perhaps most importantly, they feel a sense of completion, a feeling that they have accomplished something, giving them a much-needed boost to their self esteem. And when self-esteem improves, so many other areas of the child’s life are impacted as well.”
Miragliotta notes, “It’s about a child tapping into a potential to unlock a hobby – or maybe even a passion. Many of these students are overcoming significant challenges, and many times, this can take a toll on their self worth and feelings of accomplishment.”
And Miragliotta knows about overcoming challenges. After coming to the US from Brazil in 1990 to further his musical studies, Mr. Miragliotta was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed and hospitalized for almost three months. Just seven months after accident, through his determination and love for music, he conducted the American Youth Symphony at UCLA’s Royce Hall from his wheelchair and received a standing ovation.
You make it possible to have classes like MUS 105 – with teachers like Mario Miragliotta – who are truly shaping the path of our children’s futures.
Check out some of the tunes written and produced by our students!