At a March songwriting workshop held by the nonprofit Modesto Sound program based at Gregori High, several young artists presented original works to a panel of local experts. Sound engineer and teacher Lucky Lew and singer-songwriters Patty Castillo Davis and Marirose Powell gave advice to the students about what makes a good song and how their individual works could be helped by a few key fixes.
After the student presentations were finished, Davis and Powell performed, then answered questions and explained some key aspects to being in the music industry.
Modesto Sound helps students achieve their goals of entering the music industry. Its mission is to empower youths to create music and artistic media through access to internships, industry experts, mentors and professional equipment.
Next up from Modesto Sound is a recording arts camp, June 16-21. The camp goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and a concert will be held the final day to allow students to perform their original works.
Modesto Sound also provides a music studio where anyone can come and record. Prices are affordable and the environment is teen-friendly. For more information, call Brenda Francis at (209) 573-0533.
Haley Smith is a senior at Johansen High School and a member of The Bee’s Teens in the Newsroom program.