SPRING SESSION

April – May 2022

Registration Now Open!

GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center’s Spring Session offers a variety of cutting edge, contemporary music education programs for high school students aged 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 five courses including, contemporary songwriting, vocal performance, Hip-Hop lyric writing/performance, 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
Day: Wednesday afternoons
Dates: April 20th thru May 11th
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 1st
Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

Contemporary Songwriting

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

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 a previous songwriting course at GMEPC
Tuition: $100
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Saturday mornings
Dates: April 9th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st  (No class on April 16th)
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 1st
Instructor: Mark D. Conklin

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.

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
Day: Monday afternoons
Dates: April 18th thru May 9th
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 1st
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 21st.

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 21st.

Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Thursday evenings
Dates: April 21st thru May 19th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 1st
Instructor: Allie Moss

Hip Hop Lyric Writing and Performance

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 perform their original work in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 21st.

Hip Hop Lyric Writing and Performance

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 perform their original work in the Spring Session Showcase on Saturday May 21st.

Tuition: $75
FREE scholarships available for Newark residents
Day: Thursday evenings
Dates: April 21st thru May 19th (Final class will be held in GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center)
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 1st
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.

FAQ

When and where will GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Spring Session be held in 2022?

April/May 2022 (see course description for dates)
Spring Session will be held mostly online via zoom but “in person” showcases in the GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center are being planned barring the need to adjust due to COVID protocols in Prudential Center or the city of Newark.

How do I register?

Fill out the form on this web page

Who is eligible to register for Spring 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 new 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.

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.

How many students attend Spring Session?

Approximately 20 spaces are reserved for Spring 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?

TThe deadline to register for all courses is Friday April 1st, 2022

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.

Who can I reach out to with additional questions?

Please email info@grammymuseeumexp.org

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