New York, NY (August 27, 2007)–This summer, the Manhattan Producers Alliance launched SoundBites, a music technology camp for middle-schoolers. Manhatpro’s first kid-centric initiative, SoundBites was developed to instill music technology education, to foster personal expression and provide tools for working in a collaborative environment.
“SoundBites provides intensive instruction in music production and songwriting using an immersive, rapid-results approach,” says Joe Carroll, founder of SoundBites and Manhatpro. “We teach the creative, technical and interpersonal skills needed to create pro quality, original music productions using inexpensive, consumer technology. The kids collaborate with each other to compose, write lyrics, perform the tracks, produce, engineer…everything, with a bit of help from the award-winning professionals at the Manhattan Producers Alliance.”
The debut session of the camp took place the week of June 18, 2007, where collaboration, songwriting and recording workshops provided the backdrop for a week of intensive music production. All the music was produced using Apple’s Garage Band software. As a final step in the production process, the group designed its own CD covers.
“My daughter attended a one-week music camp with this organization and it was an unforgettable experience for her; I would love for Bank Street to do something with them in the near future,” stated Marnie Ponce, director of professional development for after school programs at Bank Street College of Education.
Future plans for the program include after-school versions of the camp, an expanded multimedia camp slated for Summer 2008, and professional development, teacher training programs intended to make the curriculum widely available. Carroll concludes, “Without a doubt, SoundBites stands among the most important work we’ve done at The Manhattan Producers Alliance.”
The Manhattan Producers Alliance