Guilford County Schools, Pioneers of Music Education

GUILFORD COUNTY, NC (WGHP) – The Guilford County School District is transforming the way students learn and create music, one beat at a time.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation recently recognized the school district for its commitment to music education for the fifth consecutive year.

“Students haven’t had the opportunity to speak in this capacity,” said Jordan Lee, curator of GCS entertainment technology and professor of modern music production at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts at High School. Point. “It confirms the things the students are doing. »

The county’s newest music program gives students a modern musical mindset and prepares them for employment in the music industry.

“School wasn’t always a place I liked or where I liked to go,” said Elena Bond-Cordew, a ninth grader at Penn-Griffin.

Bond-Cordew found his passion in the Modern Music Production course.

“When I walked into the classroom, I lit up,” she said. “I was super excited and still enjoying the environment.”

The space provides an environment conducive to creativity.

Students use laptops, a MIDI keyboard controller and online music editing software to make music.

“Just having a program like this is really, really amazing,” Bond-Cordew said. “I can express myself in another outlet.”

Lee teaches the class that students can take starting in sixth grade.

“It gives them the opportunity to collaborate and create songs they can relate to,” he said. “In a way, it gives them…the freedom to do whatever they want.”

The program can evolve over time with influences students are familiar with like TikTok or Instagram.

Senior Producer and Educator at Notes for Notes Max Miller brings real-world experience to the classroom. He spent over a decade working in the music industry.

“The fact that we can all come together in one intersection, and it doesn’t matter what art form you follow,” Miller said. “You can always be part of something together.”

Recently, the class created an upbeat 30-minute short film for a Good Day Festival.

Students in drama, choir and other school programs joined in the video.

“It doesn’t stop you from being a classical musician and learning an orchestral instrument,” Lee said. “That then opens the door.”

Students will be able to show off their skills in a brand new 2,000 square foot music recording studio at the school this fall.

“This program is going to change the way we think about music,” Bond-Cordew said.

Notes for Notes provides professional equipment for free.

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