4:30pm – 5:00pm | Atrium
Thirteen-year-old DJ HEATHBARZ spins an opening set. Heath has been developing his skills at Mmmmaven, a Cambridge-based music education organization and event producer.
For years, our music technology lab has proudly assisted many young minds and young producers in and around greater Boston.
Occasionally, some break out into the larger world. For example, here’s GalaxZ and Rubix via Neighbor Media.
We were able to speak with the parental units of DJ Hearthbarz about his time inside our lab and what it meant to him….
In your opinion as parents, how important is music in Heath’s education?
Music, like all arts, is fundamental. There is a lot of research of the connection of music with math and other disciplines, and we feel that music augments Heath’s overall persona, even beyond education.
It makes him a fuller, more interesting person 🙂
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— Mmmmaven Project (@MmmmavenProject) July 11, 2018
Does music technology have a place in STEAM and how so?
We were struck by how fantastic the incorporation of “A” in STEAM brought deeper meaning by integrating arts with technology, and music technology is a tangible example.
Did or does Heath also have traditional music lessons? How did or do they combine with music technology lessons?
Heath took piano lessons from age 5-8 and guitar at age 12. While he has always had a natural “ear” for music and has always enjoyed it, he didn’t “love” either instrument and getting him to practice was a chore.
In contrast, his attraction to music technology was magnetic and we love to see him finally marrying some of what we recognized as some raw ability into some focused efforts.
Is there one particular thing he latched onto or enjoyed the most?
Since setting foot in Mmmmaven, he was finally able to realize his true interest and the enthusiasm was instant. We were thrilled he found something creative that he truly enjoys and are fully supportive with this as his form of expression.
— Beat Academy (@BeatAcademyBos) May 7, 2018
Do you have any advice for parents out there who might be looking for music lessons or other creative outlets for their child?
Exposure, exposure, exposure! While at first we started Heath on more traditional paths, put him in musical theater camps, taken him to multiple shows…
It wasn’t until music technology crossed his path that he is finally able to embrace what he loves.
We knew he was interested in “DJing” and found the Mmmmaven camp hoping to ignite the spark, and we are thrilled that it did!
Have a young one who wants to dive into #DigitalMusic? Schedule your free tour:
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