"It was cool to see all this creating you can do," said senior
The "intensive class" is paid for through a federal 21rst Century Learning grant awarded to the Gunbarrel charter school last year to create an after-school program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The five-year grant provides
The year-round school launched its program in the summer of 2012 with the intensive classes. During the school year, the money will pay for after-school classes and field trips.
Students at the small, alternative school attend classes for eight weeks at a time, taking two-to three-week breaks between sessions. During those breaks, students can sign up for four-day intensive classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
"The kids are so engaged," said
Students who completed the four-day audio engineering class earned science credits. They'll also get a copy of their song, which they could use as a sample of their work if they decide to go into the industry.
For the class, students split into two groups, then worked together to write the lyrics, the tune, the beats and the instrumentation. They also sang and played instruments before polishing their work in the studio.
Teaching them was
"It's been awesome," Dady said.
On the last day, he helped one group make final, small changes, making the harmony less prominent and bumping up the trumpets.
He said the group's song "turned out really well" and he learned a lot about the recording program. He liked it so much, he said, he's planning to save up to buy it for himself.
"It's a really good mix of technology and music, which are two things I really, really love," she said. "It was a great opportunity. It's something I want to continue with, and I'm really excited for it."
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