SPRING SESSION

April – May 2021
Registration Closes March 26

GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center’s Spring 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 nine courses including, contemporary songwriting, vocal performance, Hip-Hop lyric writing, audio production and music business fundamentals.

Intro to Contemporary Songwriting

In this four-week course, students will learn fundamentals of contemporary songwriting such as popular chord progressions, song structure, lyric writing, rhyme schemes and song ideation.

Intro to Contemporary Songwriting

In this four-week course, students will learn fundamentals of contemporary songwriting such as popular chord progressions, song structure, lyric writing, rhyme schemes and song ideation. Requirements: Must be age 13 – 18 and currently enrolled in high school. The ability to play an instrument and/or basic music theory knowledge is helpful but not required.
Tuition: $50
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (interview with student and parent/guardian required)
Day: Saturday Mornings
Dates: April 10th thru May 1st
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

Contemporary Songwriting 101

Take your songwriting to the “next level” by learning 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.

Contemporary Songwriting 101

Take your songwriting to the “next level” by learning 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.
Requirements: Must have completed Contemporary Songwriting 101 or GMEPC Summer Session songwriting track.
Tuition: $100
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Saturday mornings
Dates: April 10th thru May 22nd
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Contemporary Songwriting 201

Building on the foundation established in the previous courses and applying the techniques learned, students will work in small groups to write, re-write, record and complete finalized master recordings suitable for commercial release or film/tv placement. Students will present their completed works during a virtual showcase on the last day of the program for friends and family.

Audio Mixing 101

Building on the foundation established in the previous courses and applying the techniques learned, students will work in small groups to write, re-write, record and complete finalized master recordings suitable for commercial release or film/tv placement.  Students will present their completed works during a virtual showcase on the last day of the program for friends and family.

Requirements: Must have completed Contemporary Songwriting 101
Tuition: $100
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Saturday mornings
Dates: April 10th thru May 22nd
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

Intro to Careers in Music Business

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. In this four-week course students will meet virtually each week with various mentors from the music industry to learn about their profession. 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.


Intro to Careers in Music Business

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. In this four-week course students will meet virtually each week with various mentors from the music industry to learn about their profession. 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.
Tuition: $50
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (Interview required)
Day: Monday afternoons
Dates: April 19th thru May 10th
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

Artist Management 101

Whether you want to stay “behind the scenes” and manage the careers of recording artists or want to learn more about managing your own career as an artist it’s important to uncover the often-misunderstood role of the artist manager. In this six-week course, students will interact with artist managers from various genres and learn how they get it done. Topics include contracts, promotion, marketing and artist development. Students will also participate in the planning and execution of an artist single release.

Artist Management 101

Whether you want to stay “behind the scenes” and manage the careers of recording artists or want to learn more about managing your own career as an artist it’s important to uncover the often-misunderstood role of the artist manager.  In this six-week course, students will interact with artist managers from various genres and learn how they get it done.  Topics include: contracts, promotion, marketing and artist development.  Students will also participate in the planning and execution of an artist single release.
Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Tuesday afternoons
Dates: April 13th thru May 18th
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

Foundations of Voice

Whether you’re a serious vocalist looking to maximize your vocal abilities, a producer who wants to understand how to better work with vocalists or a songwriter who wants to improve your ability to convey your ideas, this class is for you! Learn breathing and warm up techniques, exercises to affect tone, keeping your voice healthy and ear training in this specially designed five-week course. Students will have an additional optional opportunity to perform in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 22nd.

Foundations of Voice

Whether you’re a serious vocalist looking to maximize your vocal abilities, a producer who wants to understand how to better work with vocalists or a songwriter who wants to improve your ability to convey your ideas, this class is for you! Learn breathing and warm up techniques, exercises to affect tone, keeping your voice healthy and ear training in this specially designed five-week course.  Students will have an additional optional opportunity to perform in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 22nd.

Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (Interview required)
Day: Thursday evenings
Dates: April 15th thru May 13th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Allie Moss

Intro to Home Recording

In this five-week course, students are introduced to the concepts of home recording, including recording vocals and instruments, virtual instruments, MIDI, mixing, bouncing audio and the use of effects. Topics will also include ideas on how to properly set up a home studio on any budget. Students will receive “hands on” experience on their own computers or devices. No previous experience is needed and instructions on how to download free software for the course will be given prior to beginning the class.

Intro to Home Recording

In this five-week course, students are introduced to the concepts of home recording, including recording vocals and instruments, virtual instruments, MIDI, mixing, bouncing audio and the use of effects.  Topics will also include ideas on how to properly set up a home studio on any budget. Students will receive “hands on” experience on their own computers or devices.  No previous experience is needed and instructions on how to download free software for the course will be given prior to beginning the class.
Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (interview with student and parent/guardian required)
Day: Wednesday evenings
Dates: April 14th thru May 12th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Ron Haney

Intro to Beat Making

In this five-week course, students will be introduced to production software needed to create various kinds of beats in genres such as hip hop and EDM, including putting percussion into a sequence, creating a melody, adding effects, samples and structuring your composition. Students will also have the optional opportunity to submit their newly created works for collaboration with the Contemporary Songwriting and Hip-Hop Lyricist students to be performed at the Spring Session Showcase on May 22nd. No previous experience is needed and instructions on how to download free software for the course will be given prior to beginning the class.

Intro to Beat Making

In this five-week course, students will be introduced to production software needed to create various kinds of beats in genres such as hip hop and EDM, including putting percussion into a sequence, creating a melody, adding effects, samples and structuring your composition.  Students will also have the optional opportunity to submit their newly created works for collaboration with the Contemporary Songwriting and Hip-Hop Lyricist students to be performed at the Spring Session Showcase on May 22nd.  No previous experience is needed and instructions on how to download free software for the course will be given prior to beginning the class.
Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (interview with student and parent/guardian required)
Day: Tuesday evenings
Dates: April 13th thru May 11th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Stephen Dent

Intro to Hip Hop Lyrics

From the legendary emcees to the current chart toppers there are core fundamentals that make for a great rap lyricist. In this five-week course, students will learn the foundations of spitting bars, rhymes, structure, melody and style. Students will have an additional optional opportunity to collaborate with the Contemporary Songwriting Students on Saturday May 15th and perform their original work in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 22nd.

Intro to Hip Hop Lyrics

From the legendary emcees to the current chart toppers there are core fundamentals that make for a great rap lyricist.  In this five-week course, students will learn the foundations of spitting bars, rhymes, structure, melody and style.  Students will have an additional optional opportunity to collaborate with the Contemporary Songwriting Students on Saturday May 15th and perform their original work in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 22nd.

Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents (Interview required)
Day: Thursday evenings
Dates: April 15th thru May 13th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Orientation: Students and at least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30pm to 8:00pm in order to participate in the course.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 26th

Instructor: Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris

SPRING SESSION INSTRUCTORS

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.

Allie Moss (Recording Artist, Vocal Coach, Songwriter)

Member of singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s touring band currently living in Nashville, TN. Her songs have landed high-profile placements on Pretty Little Liars, Bones, Parenthood, and a prominent BT Infinity campaign in the UK as well as songs recently placed in Teen Mom and Shameless.

Sheikia S. Norris (Hip Hop Performer and Educator)

Lyrically known as Purple and recognized as a skilled performer and leader in Hip Hop Education. Acknowledgments from participating as a “Lady’s First Fund” grant recipient, NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive Program Director, Next Level Program U.S. Cultural Diplomat, Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem Artist, a former member of the Toni Blackman’s Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union) and up and coming curator for Hip Hop art and performance.

Stephen Dent (GRAMMY-Nominated Recording Engineer, Producer and Educator)

The Washington D.C. native has been in the music industry for 25 years contributing his talent to multiple GRAMMY nominated and winning projects. He has worked with legendary artists including, PDiddy, 50cent, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, New Edition, Notorious B.I.G., NAS and many others.

Ron Haney (Songwriter, Producer, Recording Engineer)

Ron is a NJ native, well known for his collaborations with Alicia Keys and producing remixes for artists such as Rihanna, Ludacris, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. His music has also been heard on tv shows like, Pretty Little Liars, Project Runway, Jane By Design, The Biggest Loser, ER, Third Watch, and more.

FAQ

When and where will GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Fall Session be held in 2020?

April/May 2021 (see course description for dates)  
Spring 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

Do I need to take the “Intro” class if I’m a more advanced student?

Yes. We require all of our students to begin with the introductory classes in order to progress to the more advanced courses. Each course curriculum is designed to build on the previous course, so we want all of our students to have the same foundational knowledge.

Do I need a lot of equipment for the audio production classes?

No! Each audio production class has its own specific requirements but, in most cases, free software is available online to use and we will help guide you through that process if needed.

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 Summer and Fall of 2021

How many students attend Spring 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 Spring Session tuition ranges between $50 and $100 per course (FREE Scholarships available for Newark residents who qualify). Limited amount of scholarships 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 Friday March 26, 2021

What is required of parents/guardians?

At least one parent/guardian MUST attend the virtual orientation session along with their student on Wednesday, March 31st, 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, if not all of the time.

Will there be new course offerings next semester?

Yes! There will be additional course offerings added each session!

Who can I reach out to with additional questions?

Please email info@grammymuseeumexp.org

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