Grammy Camp 2015
On Saturday, October 17th, students of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County attended Grammy Camp, an annual program which teaches students about music production, song writing, as well as providing vocal lessons. Grammy Camps was not only open to students at the Boys and Girls Club, but to the public as well. It helped bring out new ways to inspire and teach teens, showing students something that they didn’t know they had in them, and further enhancing their abilities. For many, music is a way of expressing themselves. Many teens came together to turn dreams into reality and most those attending the event seemed to be focused on music production and singing.
“I attended Grammy Camp because I could not that opportunity pass me by,” said Siyah, an aspiring singer. “Music is my best friend. It’s always meant a lot to me. It didn’t come into my life until much later and it helped me express myself.”
Music Production teaches students how to use pro tools, a program used to help make music beats. Several members of the Teen Tech Center felt a connection to music, further enticing them to take part in the annual Grammy Camp event.
“My interest in music is the connection I’ve had with it and other people. It calms my soul and puts me in another world,” said Jocelyn, who learned about music production. “I learned how people make music with musicians and saw all the work that goes into it. I learned about loops and rhythm. I also learned how to use a keyboard that’s used for making music on a computer.”
“My interest in music goes back to when I was a kid. Music has always been there and it has made my days better,” said Domanick, who also learned music production. “Audio engineering in music is my Plan B in life.”
“My interest in music has always been singing and I wanted to learn what I could do to improve as a singer,” said Amalfi, a student who took the opportunity to enhance her vocal abilities.
Most teens who took part in vocal lessons said they all learned how important eye contact was in maintaining a connection with their audience. While speaking with some of the teens who were in attendance, it was very interesting to see how enthusiastic they were when asked about what they took away from this experience. Many teens described the experience as “very fun, interesting, and incredible.”
“The experience was more than I expected. I felt like a social butterfly,” said Jocelyn. “I wish I could do it every day. I met so many great people.”
There’s no doubt about the positive influence that Grammy Camp has had on the teens. Each teen was very vocal about their experience and it would seem that many of them plan to continue a career in the music field. It’s been wonderful to see that there are still young boys and girls out there with great aspirations.
“I aspire to be like the artists I see on the actual Grammy’s,” said Siyah. “My instructors were very inspiring. It was an open opportunity for me to learn from the best. I learned a lot of techniques from my teacher and now I will be able to apply them in my quest to become a singer. My experience was incredible. It taught me a lot of lessons that I can hold on to as I continue my career in music.”