Over the school holidays in July, Tomaree Youth Community Action (TYCA) and Port Stephens Council joined forces to transform libraries in Salamander Bay and Raymond Terrace into music studios, in a new initiative encouraging young people in the region to learn how to DJ.
As reported by Port Stephens Examiner, the new music production and media arts program included a series of DJ workshops and live performances.
Young people from Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Bobs Farm and Lemon Tree Passage were invited to make their own beats with drum-pad machines, portable turntables, iPads, computers and launch pads, culminating in a practical lesson in audio software and electronic music production.
The young participants were then encouraged to showcase their new DJ talents at outdoor gigs at TYCA’s local ‘Snak n Rap’ events held in skate parks across Nelson Bay and Raymond Terrace.
“TYCA’s DJ workshops are using beat making as a portal to open the world of app developing, computers and emerging technology,” said Simone Winchester, project coordinator from TYCA.
“This program has huge potential especially for local youth to be engaged and interested in doing this for fun at home, use these tech skills at school for events or even has the potential to earn income and also contribute to the local community by assisting to run local events and festivals.”
“TYCA isn’t just exposing students to the world of music, it is also interweaving innovative science, technology, engineering and even some maths into the equation of beat making and DJing.
TYCA is a not-for-profit volunteer run group with the goal of empowering youth to fulfil their potential by providing spaces where youth can get together and interact in a positive environment whilst having fun and learning new things.
TYCA run various programs which are mainly based around music, art and sport.
‘Snak & Rap’ events involve free style rapping, hip hop inspired art workshops and a bbq cooked by a local group.
Hopefully this fantastic initiative will encourage more Australian councils to transform their local libraries into music studios so more young people can make music and learn transferable skills in audio software and production.