During the summer break, many students experience the summer slide. Information learned during the previous school term may not be retained without thoughtful guidance, instruction and structure. Sustained and formalized mentoring can help prevent a summer slide. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Mentoring is essential to the success that a young person will experience in life and a key aspect to the #GMS project; with one-on-one relationship building, participants will know that they are cared for and that their future is cared about.
#GMS is our visionary effort to provide 4th – 8th grade students access to the technical art of recording audio. There is a worrying “equity gap” in arts education between high- and low-income students. When the arts and music are removed from schools, students are not exposed to the full richness of the humanities which puts them at a significant disadvantage. The arts teach innovation, discipline, and the ability to combine things that are otherwise disparate.
With the possibility of budget cuts that include defunding 19 publicly funded bodies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, it is important that we all do our part to ensure that the arts are preserved for this and future generations.
Using recording arts education, our participants learn about the intricacies of the recording industry in an environment that not only teaches them a technical trade, but also teaches about future career options. Our hope is to introduce students to this project with the hope that this newfound awareness will inspire them to explore a vocation that is not taught in traditional schooling systems.
We are looking to build a team of dynamic engineers and producers to lead and mentor the #GMS projects.