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We've written and rehearsed our original songs! Now help us record our EP (short album) professionally at Seaside Lounge studios!

Thanks for visiting our page! We're so excited about this project and we hope you are too.  These talented young musicians are ready to take their music to the masses, and you can help. 

Our approach to music here at The Smith School* is not like other schools. In addition to learning theory and technique, we focus on student-led composition and experiential learning. Students are encouraged to follow their musical interests, and they are given the tools to craft the sounds they want to create; from rock to jazz to electronic music we strive to foster creativity, originality and above all, free expression. 

The students here have been hard at work writing some amazing original music as part of a year-long composition project.  They're ready for the big leagues, but it's expensive to record professionally.   Our proposal is to raise $1000 to take the intermediate/advanced music students to a recording studio for two days to record and mix an EP of their original music. This budget includes the cost of two full studio days (10 hours each... recording is time-consuming!) with an experienced recording  engineer who is eager to show the students all of the aspects of music production. It will also include the cost of mastering the songs, and printing a short run of physical copies. The music students will coordinate with the art students to design the album cover and artwork.

Writing songs is only the beginning; there are many steps to getting your music out into the world, and by participating in this project, the students will learn a great deal about the process.  

* The Smith school is a small private school on Manhattan's Upper West Side that serves the needs of students who historically have not succeeded in a more traditional school environment. We offer small classes and individualized attention and have an extremely diverse population. Our teachers, staff and parents work together to create a safe, family-like environment for our students and always strive to live up to The Smith School’s maxim, “Small School. Big Heart.” 

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    When you pledge $10 or more, you will receive an mp3 version of our EP when it is released in late May!

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    When you pledge $25 or more you will receive a signed copy of the EP when it's released!

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    When you Pledge $50 or more you will receive a signed copy of the EP, priority seating at the show, and we will thank you in the liner notes of the CD!

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    If you Pledge $100 or more you'll be given a signed copy of the EP, priority seating at the show, and a 30-minute private lesson in Guitar, Piano, Bass, or drums from a Smith School student or alumnus.

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    If you Pledge $200 or more you will be credited as a producer in the album liner notes, given priority seating at the show, and we will write a song for you to show our heartfelt gratitude.

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    If you Pledge $350 or more we will make a personalized "thank-you video" from all the students, and you will be credited as an executive producer of the album. You will also receive a pair of drum sticks, signed by all the students from the recording studio.

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