Cristo Rey Charter Weekly Assembly

December 4, 2015

Group Size: 300

Number of Groups: 1

Group Age range: 14-18

Workshop Length: 35 Minutes


When the beat dropped... students flipped out.. literally.

When the beat dropped... students flipped out.. literally.

By far our largest group and shortest period of time, this was an absolute blast. We started out guns blazing with pre selected drum loops that would get the crowd excited. Hitting the record button from the gate, we were able to capture so much of the great energy and excitement in the room.

She nailed it on the first take- 'Oooh ya, get it yeah...' Perfect for the Bmore style tune.

She nailed it on the first take- 'Oooh ya, get it yeah...' Perfect for the Bmore style tune.

The elements we focused on were vocal recording, resampling, sound selection, synthesis, arrangement and basic of Ableton Live. Since a large part of the audience is at critical crossroads as they apply to colleges, the staff asked to drive an inspiring message home.  The takeaway from this workshop was the importance of breaking down a large goal (unrelated to music as well) into manageable steps.

 

Talking about synths and sound selection

Talking about synths and sound selection

Student & Faculty Feedback

school councilor: It was inspiring to see the students want to jump right in and help out.  I think the students took away a positive message of working together to create something they can be proud of... I wish it could have been longer. 

The first volunteer, nailing his first take. Don't forget to check out soundcloud clip above.

The first volunteer, nailing his first take. Don't forget to check out soundcloud clip above.

freshman student: I thought it was very exciting. I also liked how even though we might not have been in class, we still learned something even if it wasn't school related it was very educational. At the end of the day I learned something new about music and how important it is to work together and you can see what you can accomplish.