Warner Bros. Records artist Helena performed a duet at the songwriting workshop with Music Unites’ student ambassador Candace Camacho (right).
Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems, recently launched a free after-school guitar program at Centennial High School in Compton, Cali.
To celebrate the start of the program and as part of Music Unites’ “Empowering Women Through Music” initiative, over 30 of Centennial’s female students attended Music Unites and Warner Bros. Record’s “Be Your Own Muse” workshop at the House of Rock in Los Angeles in mid-September.
Students engaged in a panel discussion with industry professionals including songwriters, musicians, radio and record label execs, participated in a songwriting workshop, and received new Fender acoustic guitars donated by Guitar Center.
Music Unites’ Founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar said she is looking forward to seeing Centennial’s students tap into creativity and hidden talents.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Edgar. “The girls who attended the Saturday workshop inspired me. It’s a blessing to find the right home for this program. The school’s leadership shares the same vision as ours and the students are extremely enthusiastic.”
For Centennial 12th grader Shar’Ell Davis, the new after school program presents her with an opportunity to explore her potential as a singer-songwriter.
“My career goal is to be a psychiatrist but my real passion is music,” said Davis, who once attended the Colburn School of Performing Arts until it became too costly for her family. “We couldn’t afford to keep me there, so when I came home with my new guitar my dad was so excited to see that I have another chance to learn music.”
Davis said her experience meeting and speaking with music industry professionals at the “Be Your Own Muse” workshop will stay with her forever. “It made me realize music is important to many people, and that if I can’t make it as a musician I know there are other careers within the business that I can look into.”
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