Our mission is to empower youth and young adults from economically disadvantaged communities with the education and hands on experience that will afford them the opportunity to follow a career path in the music, arts and entertainment industry. By Incorporating career training, mental health care and nutritional education, we empower our scholars with the comprehensive life and career skills, essential for their success.
Research has shown that neighborhoods with more arts activity have lower felony rates and more effective local schools.
The presence of youth-serving organizations in a community is also associated with lower levels of crime and neighborhood violence.
The Academy of the Gifted provides a host of industry specific programs and instruction for a variety of performing arts, the perfect place to nurture talent and creativity.
Let it shine!
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY!
Scholars will be introduced to the opportunities available in music promotion, distribution, concert touring, music publishing, music marketing, and artist management. All course assignments will prepare students for success in all desired fields. The End of Course Project assignments will include setting up a functional music production company and reviewed and critiqued by entertainment attorneys and various record label/production company representatives.
Scholars will learn concepts and practices for Radio Broadcasting, receiving hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and from professionals within the industry. Our program is designed to provide scholars with a fundamental knowledge and introduction to radio broadcasting, preparing them for a career as a station engineer, on-air personality, show producer, or editor. By having the hands on training the scholar learns the technical skills as well as the inner workings of a commercial radio station.
Scholars will be introduced to audio engineering fundamentals taught by experienced recording and mixing engineers, in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Our program is designed to provide scholars with a fundamental knowledge and introduction to audio engineering, preparing them for a career as an audio recording engineer or live music engineer with real-world, hands-on experience. By having the hands-on training scholars learn the technical skills as well as the inner workings of a professional recording studio.
The End of Course Project assignments will include setting up a recording session, recording a song, mixing and mastering. Each project will be reviewed and critiqued by professional engineers.
Scholars will be introduced to the concepts of recording, sequencing, and mixing using computer-based Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Topics covered include digital audio and MIDI theory, DAW signal flow and system requirements, MIDI sequencing, stereo mixing techniques, and use of software-based virtual instruments and effects processors. Scholars receive hands-on practice in digital music production in a state-of-the-art production studio.
Scholars will be introduced to the fundamentals of Digital Marketing laying the foundation for understanding how to utilize the different digital marketing tools designed to improve business value and competitiveness. Scholars will be introduced to a wide range of topics including SEO, Content Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics and Email Marketing.
Scholars will be introduced to photography as an art, a science and a communication tool. This workshop is an active learning experience where scholars will create original work. Some key areas of focus include Equipment, Lighting, Composition, Editing and Visual Problem-Solving. Scholars will be introduced to black and white photography and how to capture the best “Selfies!”
Scholars will have a variety of instruments available for instruction. Our music lessons are tailored to each student's needs, from the beginner student, to the advanced level. If you want to learn how to play an instrument, we can teach you how. Jump start your musical journey today!
This workshop is an active learning experience where scholars will build Improv skills and learn how to bring characters to life. Scholars will be introduced to the importance of subconscious thoughts, through encouragement, creativity and risk-taking. Our acting class is perfect whether you're just starting out or have some experience. Scholars will have the opportunity to develop acting skills and become a star in their own right.
Scholars will improve their singing and vocal confidence in this workshop by regularly practicing posture, vocal warm-ups, and strength-building exercises. Scholars will exercise their voices, building healthy singing habits. Throughout the workshop, scholars will cover vocal technique and fundamentals such as proper breath support, head and chest registers, intonation and expressive singing.
Voice... and more!
OUR CORE VALUES: INTEGRITY, INNOVATION, COMMITTMENT TO EXCELLENCE, AND RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR COMMUNITY
Arts & Culture are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. The arts teaches us to understand different ways of thinking and feeling through the common languages of music, dance, and film.