STUDIO, ENGINEER TAKE TIME TO EDUCATE LOCAL YOUTH
Houston-based SugarHill Recording Studios recently donated eight hours of studio time to the winners of this year's Kids' Way songwriting contest. All of the winning songwriters recorded their songs with engineer John Griffin. SugarHill has been a part of this event for the past three years.
United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast (www.uwtgc.org) created Kids' Way in 1990, a program that encourages children to write songs centered on caring, sharing, helping and giving to others.
Likewise, Chicago-area recording engineer and educator Nick Jaffe has developed an education program to teach song composition and recording to school children in grades three through six at Ariel Community Academy, a public school on Chicago's South Side. Along with fellow Ariel staff member and musician Nick Michalopoulos, students compose an original work, and then arrange, record and mix a finished CD on Jaffe's Yamaha AW4416 Digital Audio Workstation, while learning the fundamentals of basic acoustics, audio electronics and digital technology.