YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A group of 7th and 8th graders from Youngstown Rayen Early College are taking a hands-on approach to learning this summer.
For two hours from Monday to Thursday until the end of July, they learn from the local recording studio, LV8 Studios.
Studio owner Charles Colvin said the program ran for two years. After hearing Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Justin Jennings talk about innovative learning, he came up with the idea for this summer program.
Students approach the basics of musical creation, learn vocabulary and how things are put together. So. they can go into the studio and use what they’ve learned to create their own music. They create the beat, the lyrics and record it, something they didn’t know they were going to do.
“Creating the pathway for students to have careers but ultimately be able to do things in the entertainment field,” Colvin said.
“Working with the kids is amazing. I’m learning as much as they’re likely learning and I can’t wait to see how these kids thrive and grow after this program,” said Lucas Garland, co-owner and chief creative officer.
Some students aren’t as interested in the music part and learn more about the graphics, putting together a music video, and the marketing behind it all. So together, they will create an album.
“It’s cool. I didn’t know it was downtown. I didn’t think anything this cool would be here,” student Korday Allison said.
“It’s very funny. I’ve never been in one. I think it’s amazing that Chip, Lucas and Logan took us on as a group as mentors in their spare time,” student Thomas Wilson said.
They hope to produce around 8-10 songs and when they are done they will present them to their parents and Superintendent Justin Jennings at an awards ceremony. After that, it will be available on all music platforms.
The studio partnered with JAC Management Group and was able to take students to the amphitheater.
They also take them to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame to wrap up the program at the end of the month.
Organizers hope this is just the start of the program and want to see it grow.
Charles and Lucas tell me that they hope to see the program continue. They said more schools are already reaching out to get involved in the fall.