GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center’s Fall Session offers a variety of cutting edge, contemporary music education programs for high school students age 13 – 18 interested in improving their craft and pursuing a career in the music industry. Students from the tri-state area apply for one or more of four offered courses including, contemporary songwriting, audio engineering and music business fundamentals.
Contemporary Songwriting 101
Learn fundamentals of contemporary songwriting such as popular chord progressions, song structure, lyric writing, rhyme schemes and song ideation. In this seven-week course, students will collaborate with each other to create original works of music and will perform them during a virtual showcase on the last day of the program for friends and family.
Contemporary Songwriting 201
Take your songwriting to the “next level” by learning advanced techniques including the use of imagery vs. abstraction, internal rhymes, advanced harmonies, how to write to “briefs” for pitching to artists as well as film/TV music. In this seven-week course, students will collaborate with each other to create original works of music and will perform them during a virtual showcase on the last day of the program for friends and family.
Audio Mixing 101
So you’ve recorded a great song but it doesn’t sound as sonically polished as the songs you hear on the radio or your favorite streaming service? A great mix can make all the difference! In this six-week course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of mixing audio including mix preparation, balance, compression, EQ, panning, effects, and automation. Learn how to make your “demos” sound more like master recordings!
Intro to Careers in Music Business
For 11th and 12th Grade students only
If you are interested in exploring an exciting career in the music industry (on or off the stage) this four-week course is for you! Learn about careers like artist management, record label A&R, music publishing and more. Students will meet virtually each week with various mentors from the music industry to learn about their profession. Students will then apply their newly found knowledge in a “virtual internship” project and receive feedback from their music industry mentors. The workshop will conclude with a “virtual college” visit with faculty from area schools to help students form a game plan for success after high school.
Artistic Director: Mark D. Conklin (Songwriter, Record Producer, Artist Manager)
Mark is the Director of Artist Relations and Programming at GRAMMY Museum Experience ™ Prudential Center. As an artist manager, his clients’ music has been streamed nearly one billion times worldwide. As a songwriter, his songs have reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Blues and Bluegrass Chart, Top 40 on the Billboard Country Breakout Chart, and have been heard in various films, television shows, and national advertising campaigns.
When and where will GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Fall Session be held in 2020?
October/November 2020 (see course description for dates)
Fall Session will be held online via zoom
How do I register?
Fill out the form on this web page
Who is eligible to register for Fall Session?
Students age 13 – 18 currently enrolled in High School
What sorts of learning and performing experiences are included?
- Workshops, Clinics and Master Classes with Top Industry Professionals
- Individual and small group instruction
- Group activities and interaction between fellow students
May I register if I have no music experience?
See prerequisites for each specific course in the descriptions above
May I take more than one course?
Yes! You are free to take as many as you like as long as your schedule allows and you meet the prerequisite criteria.
If I can only take one of the courses offered this semester but would like to take another in the future will I have another opportunity?
Most likely! While things are subject to change, we are currently planning on offering more courses in the winter and spring of 2021.
How many students attend Fall Session?
Approximately 20 spaces are reserved for Fall Session students for each course with approximately half of those reserved for Newark area students.
What does the program cost?
GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Fall Session tuition ranges between $50 and $100 per course (FREE Scholarships available for Newark residents who qualify). A limited amount of scholarships are available for non-Newark residents, please inquire during the application process.
When is the deadline to register?
The deadline to register for all courses is October 7, 2020
What is required of parents/guardians?
At least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session along with their student on Thursday, October 8th from 7:30pm to 8:00pm.
Do I need to have my camera turned on for the sessions?
Yes! Of course there will be moments where you’ll need to turn them off for different reasons but we expect to be able to see you most of the time.
Who can I reach out to with additional questions?
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