Music Technology Youth Workshops with Sonic Arts For All
Sonic Arts For All (SAFA!) — a non-profit offering fun yet rigorous alternatives to the traditional music classroom to students around New York and beyond — proudly presents a new monthly workshop at National Sawdust for K-12 students. Covering topics related to music technology and the sonic arts, this workshop will empower students to make music without having to learn to read it first, harnessing the potential of new technology to interact directly with sound.
The curriculum combines “the fundamentals” — music theory, ear training, keyboard skills, and the like — with creative innovations coming from the DJ and electronic music scenes. SAFA! bridges the gap between the popularity of electronic music and more traditional music pedagogy, providing all the equipment necessary for students to experience a hands–on learning environment.
SAFA!, in partnership with National Sawdust Community initiatives, will bring in artists from National Sawdust’s Artist-in-Residence program to provide their unique perspective and collaborate with students on recording and performance projects.
Each workshop is an independent unit, so first–timers are welcome at any event. Topics will include:
– Music composition and production on PCs and tablets
– Live electronic music and performance
– Analog synthesis
– Audio engineering and recording
– DJ performance
– Electronic music appreciation
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Sonic Arts For All (SAFA!) is а music education non-profit whose mission is to provide a fun yet rigorous alternative to the traditional music classroom for K-12 students in New York, Puerto Rico, and beyond. We create educational pop-up studios that act as sound laboratories, providing structured guidance while allowing students to explore the full range of sonic possibilities afforded by electronic and digital technologies. Our goal is to preserve, respect, and support local music traditions by allowing each of our sites to take our centralized curriculum and adopt it to the history and needs of their specific community. This way we not only enable new students to create music, but foster stylistic diversity and honor local musical heritages.