317 Main Community Music Center and Portland High School are collaborating to offer a beatmaking and audio production class for city high school students. The new class, taught by Portland artists & beat makers Just Plain Jones and Kafari, is FREE and open to all; Artists who are already producing, students who just want to fool around with sound and everyone in between.
“We are hoping this project can be a space to support an inclusive beatmaking community where young people can share their art and give feedback to each other, work on collaborative projects and delve into the fundamentals of being a producer and musician,” said Jake Hoffmann, Partnership Program coordinator.
The class will meet 10 times on Tuesdays & Thursdays from February 6th to March 16th at Portland High School 5-7pm. (No class during February break.)
Students are expected to commit to all 10 class meetings to build a supportive and trusting creative environment. This class could be a Capstone project or Extended Learning Opportunity for interested students. PHS students have first priority though all are encouraged to get in touch.
Students will engage in digital music making through sampling, looping, recording, and synthesizing sounds using production software. Students will learn how to build beats and songs while also investigating the fundamentals of production, including mixing, equalization, MIDI technology, and other tools. This class will be project-based, and students will engage in individual and collaborative compositions.
Check out this video to find out more about this class.