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A look inside the Music Resource Center

January is National Mentoring Month.

All month long we are featuring guest posts from many of our local nonprofits that work with youth and need volunteers to become mentors and tutors. On January 26, 2012, the United Way Volunteer Center invites you to our annual Mentor and Tutor Opportunity Fair from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Omni Hotel. There you will be able to meet in person with representatives from 17 local organizations and fit the right fit for you as a mentor or tutor.

Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!

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The Music Resource Center is an after-school music education program for 7th-12th grade students that uses recording and performing arts to equip students with life skills. Students pay as little as $10 per year to attend the MRC where they can explore:

-          Digital Music Production (or Beat Making) – In our project studios, students compose entire songs using just a computer and digital sounds.

-          Instruments- We have electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, pianos, drums, as well as microphones and amps for students to experiment with to figure out what they like, or improve on an instrument that they already know.

-          Instruction- The MRC offers lessons and workshops, led by staff and volunteers, in areas such as drums, guitar, audio engineering, beat making, hip-hop dance and even DJ’ing.

-          Recording Studio- Students can record their songs---as well as learn how to record others--- in our state-of-the-art recording studio.

-          Songwriting- Students work with staff and volunteers to learn how to construct songs and lyrics.

Students learn instrument and technology skills in our facilities, however, they also learn to respect others, manage time effectively, and set and achieve goals. We acheive these goals through the help of our volunteers. If you know a 7th-12th grade student that you think would be interested in our program, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our web site or call 434-979-5478.

 

Guest Post by Maria Gall, Music Resource Center Program Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

 

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