Recommended Products

Recommended products for after-school music programs!

Nectar 3 Vocal Assistant – best plugin’s for Vocal tracks. 
KOMPLETE START is a collection of free instruments, effects, loops, and samples.
Ozone 8 – Master Assistant feature for mastering final tracks
Landr – Studio quality mastering in minutes.
Autotune – industry-standard pitch-correction and effects vocal plug-in.
Captain Plugins – Write your own Chord Progressions, Hooks, Melodies, Beats and Basslines and export to your DAW.

“Karate Belt” Reward System

Want ninja level musicians?! Help your participants earn a musical “black belt.”  

A black belt in karate is a badge of honor representing the highest level of skill. The “Karate Belt” Reward System uses different color guitar picks (similar to “karate belts”) to reward participants’ progress and motivate them to achieve their goals on instruments or music technology.

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How to…

  • Determine what skills participants must demonstrate in order to “level up” on each instrument or music technology gear. Then print and display the “karate belt” requirements for each instrument.
    • The Sample “Karate Belt” Reward System Achievements chart below uses 5 colors, each representing different levels of achievement plus an exclusive club called “The Red-Hot Pick Society” for anyone earning a purple pick on 3 or more instruments
  • Create an incentive chart to visually track and help motivate participants’ achievements.
  • With help from instructors, participants work to earn each colored guitar pick to add to their necklace.
    • Note: If a participant earns their “Yellow” rank in more than one instrument, no need to give them another yellow guitar pick for their necklace. Instead, simply note their achievement on the incentive board.
  • Participants wear their multi-colored guitar pick necklace that proudly displays their rank.

The recommended equipment list below is an example that would serve approximately 30 participants. Your needs and quantities may vary (depending on # of participants).

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Sample House Rules

Help establish expectations for all participants and ensure proper use of the equipment and facilities. 

Horseplay, attitudes, and broken equipment unfortunately come with the territory when working with youth. One way to curtail this is by developing a set of House Rules for your program, ideally with input and buy-in from some of your youth participants. The rules set expectations for general behavior and for how they handle musical equipment.

In addition:

  • Creates a sense of pride in the music program
  • Makes it less likely that equipment becomes damaged or broken
  • Avoids dangerous or disruptive sound levels

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How to…

While each music program is encouraged to establish their own set of “house rules” (based on your organization’s mission and core values) we have provided the following example:

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Sample Daily Schedule (Word Version)

Save time by downloading our sample daily schedule and customizing for your music program

This editable word document includes days of the week, typical after-school programming hours and a variety of programming activities. Download now and customize so you can get back to making music with your participants!

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Mobile Studio

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– Equipment is 100% battery operated and mounted in lightweight cases 
– Can easily be set up or taken down in 3-4 minutes
– Approximately $1,000 for each, fully outfitted, Mobile Studio

Resources to help you set up your Mobile Studio

Mobile Studio Overview
A simple way to bring beat making to your participants
Mobile Studio – Recommended Equipment List & Set Up
We’ve researched and tested this list of hardware and software
iPad Workstation Recommended Settings
Device settings for participant safety while providing accessibility and flexibility
Recommended iPad Apps
A list of the best music making Apps for your after school music program

Basic projects for the Mobile Studio

Basic Music Production Process Using Garageband (IOS)
Step by step process for getting participants familiar with GarageBand
iPad “Demo” Using Garageband and Transfer to Logic
Produce a “demo” on an iPad and finish it in the Studio
iPad Music Production Projects using Apps
Use Apps to introduce participants to other types of Music Production projects
Tips for Instrument Workshops Using iPads
Best Apps for learning instruments (like guitar/bass, drums, piano or vocals)
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