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Flint program teaches kids to write & produce music (audio slideshow)

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Mercedes Mejia
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Michigan Radio
Studio on the Go helps kids in Flint, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids express themselves through song writing and production.

When something big happens in your life, sometimes you just have to get it out.

Talk to a friend. Share it with your family, or just shout it out loud.

You know, express yourself a little.

Expression through song writing and production are skills that the organizers of Studio on the Go hope to teach kids in Michigan.

Kyle Norris reports the program "travels to schools and community centers in Flint, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo":

Kids use computers and keyboards to make music and beats and then they write lyrics about their lives, and finally record the songs. Kids are given a topic to write about, like "education," “making it” and "family"... The results are songs about their personal struggles along with heartfelt tributes. Some kids sing about what it’s like to have someone they love die or to have a family member in jail. Instructors say the kids learn a combination of technical skills along with life skills.

Michigan Radio's Multimedia Producer Mercedes Mejia and Reporter Kyle Norris put this video together about the program:
 

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZMNa-Sxm7c
 
 

If Studio on the Go came to your town, what would your "making it" or "family" song be about?

 

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