Learning to DJ Now Qualifies for Secondary Education in the UK

Via Mixmag: Learning to DJ is now considered part of secondary education and counts toward a student’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in the UK.

According to the BBC, the new qualification is now possible due to turntables, CDJs and other DJ gear now being recognized as formal instruments by examination boards.

The whole mission of the movement (featuring Future DJs), is to turn kids onto music via DJing and DJ culture. Watch this:

We do the same thing every summer! Our Beat Academy Immersive Summer Youth Program lights up the eyes of many kids with a new love of music.

Why Study Music?

It’s no secret that education cutbacks are being made because our current economic status, but what’s not well known is where the cuts are being made. All across the country, the arts in schools are disappearing, especially music. While music education may be viewed as extra and supplementary, DoSomething.Org has 11 facts to prove everyone wrong. For starters,

Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness and allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.

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A study from Columbia University revealed that students who study arts are more cooperative with their teachers and peers, have higher levels self-confidence, and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.

Musical instruction has a positive impact on standardized test scores, vocabulary range, graduation rates, and memory development. While musical education might not teach students how to read or write, it gives them experience in abstract and technical thinking, which foments their conventional academic skills. The good news is that programs like VH1’s Save The Music are fighting to enact change and directly fund music education in the U.S public school system.

Even England is struggling to keep music education in its schools. Their Department of Education is suggesting that all schools cut funding for music education programs and instead rely on private funds and programs. The Guardian outlines how music education may soon be decimated unless action is taken to create equal access to music education for all socioeconomic classes.

Click through to read all 11 Facts About Music Education, and then consider a Mmmmaven course to amplify your brainpower!

Beat Academy Live! Open House [5/18]

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This summer, Mmmmaven will have our first ever Beat Academy summer camp! For one week in July, youth ages 10-14 can come to our studios to learn about DJing, music production, recording, and more! All at our state-of-the-art facilities located directly off of the Central Square T stop. On top of learning about music, campers will enjoy a variety of outdoor games, arts and crafts, and other activities to keep them active!

Studies have shown that music lessons during our youth help brain development. Music is like a workout for our minds, and through exercising we strengthen connections in our brain. These connections likely correlate to the decline in cognitive ability as we age, and in studies of adults 60-73, the musicians in the group showed the highest cognitive function. Adolescents who play music are even shown to do better in school.

Still not convinced? Let us help! This Sunday from 12-6 at District Hall we will have an open house where you and your kid(s) can come in and have a blast! There will be plenty of helpful people there to answer any question you have and on top of that we have a fun day planned for your enjoyment:

Let’s Write Lyrics! (12:30) Marcie Joy will cover the basics of lyric writing and combining lyrics with melodies. The voice is often the most recognized and remembered instrument in a song, come find out what it’s all about!

Music Technology Petting Zoo. (1:30) It’s like the regular petting zoo, but less messy, (hopefully) less smelly, and with a bunch of cool technology that’s open for hands-on fun! So maybe it’s not like a regular petting zoo, but we like to think it’s even better.

Hit the Decks with DJ Leah V. (4:30) Come try out DJing for real! Leah teaches in our youth programs and will be giving attendees some starting pointers.

Check out everything Mmmmaven has to offer in our summer camp and in our courses! The open house is a great way to have fun and get to know us a little better. This is a free workshop, RSVP and get more info!

Beat Academy Live! Youth DJ & Music Production Open House @ Together Center [5/18]

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On Sunday May, 18th you can check out the Beat Academy Open House in Boston’s District Hall from 12-6. There will be interactive and hands-on workshops, as well as a music-tech gear petting zoo. A lot of fun for all ages!

[12:30PM] Let’s Write Lyrics w/ Marcie Joy

[1:30PM – 4:30PM] Music Tech Gear Petting Zoo

[430PM – 530PM] Hit the Decks with DJ Leah V

More info here.

Beat Academy, a Summer Camp powered by Mmmmaven welcomes all aspiring DJs between the ages of 10 – 14! Join us for our week-long, DJ boot camp during the third week of July during Summer 2014. Mmmmaven will host variety of different workshops and activities in our state-of-the art facilities in Central Square.

Over the course of the week, campers will learn the ins and outs of industry standard equipment, get their hands dirty in some new technology, and produce their first six-song mini-mix. They will learn to organize their favorite tracks and get in the mix with different styles, then see if they have what it takes to play in front of a crowd of screaming fans.