Q&A with the Parents of a Young Superstar Producer

Teenage Beats by DJ HEATHBARZ

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.

DJ HEARTHBARZ (!!) is just the latest, playing Peabody Essex Museum this Sunday as a part of their Little Voices, Big Ideas event.

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 🙂

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.

Thank YOU @Kenji7955! 🙂 “Thank you #mmmmaven for a wonderful digital music program that has been immensely stimulating for my younger daughter! Also gave me several days to enjoy #boston, which I hadn’t done in many years.”

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.

#BBGBoston is back this Fall at @MMMMAVEN! Classes start September 24th at 4pm. 🌸 If you are or know anyone interested in learning music production and beat making skills, go to our website or email polina@mmmmaven.com

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.

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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