Weekly Program Schedule

SAFA! @
Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music


Our longest running program, SAFA! @ BC-CCM provides students with the freedom to explore our large inventory of electronic instruments and music tech tools to find their own voices as artists under the supervision of professional music technologists and teaching artists. We meet each Sunday at 2:30 PM for Open Workshop for all ages, and at 3:30 PM for Sound Intensive class for 4th to 8th graders. To learn more about our weekly workshops at BC-CCM, please get in touch! 


SAFA! x POWRPLNT


Sonic Arts For All! is pleased to announce our partnership with Powrplnt as we begin our digital music workshop residency for teens, starting on Thursday, September 8, and continuing every Thursday throughout September and October.

Our director, Max Alper, will host and facilitate the workshops with help from special guests each week who will bring their particular set of skills in electronic music to the table. These workshops will consist of group listening exercises, new lessons each week pertaining to a particular concept or interface, and individual project time to demonstrate said concepts. And while exposing the Powrplnt students to new musical ideas and styles while relating them to their favorite artists, we hope to build a set of technical skills for each student that will last them a lifetime. The SAFA! Team will provide the equipment for each week, as well as consult students and their families on how to utilize the technology available to them for musical means.


SAFA! @ BCCP

We're excited to announce a new partnership with the Brooklyn College Community Partnership. We will be offering afterschool music tech workshops every Friday for the middle and high school participants of the Brooklyn College Art Lab in Flatbush, made possible by the Brooklyn College Community Partnership!


SAFA! One-on-One

Sonic Arts For All is pleased to announce we are now offering private digital music workshops for students of all learning styles. Through these private Summer and afterschool sessions, students will be able to learn the ins and outs of composition, arrangement, and production. They will be using various  interactive digital interfaces such as tablet computers, touch based synthesizers and sequencers, and personal recording devices.

Our Goal

  • Fundamentals: Teaching our students the technical knowledge to build a professional set of skills in the fields of both music and sound. Each week, a new concept will be introduced via a digital interface. Students will illustrate their newfound knowledge through weekly assignments utilizing said concept.

  • DIY: Inspiring our students and their families to take initiative to utilize the technology that they are familiar and musically integrate it into the home.

  • Presentation: Prompting our students to create professional work which can be added to a portfolio of recordings. The SAFA! Team will then take their recordings, professionally mix them, and create an online archive of each student’s work. Students can then access the archive from home at their own convenience.   

SAFA! will host and facilitate the one-on-one workshops with the occasional help from special guest educators who will bring their particular set of skills in electronic music to the table. These workshops will consist of

  1. Listening Exercises such as analysis of pop music, call-and-response improvisation, and prompting our students to reflect on the music that appeals to them and why they think that is.

  2. New musical concepts in production and technology covered each week, such as MIDI, sampling, multi-track recording, and many more, all taught through interactive lessons made specifically for the individual student in mind.
  3. Independent projects, both in class and assigned as weekly homework, for our students to illustrate knowledge of concepts covered in workshops. These projects could be as simple as a 16-bar rhythm, or as complex as creating the foundations for an entire concept album, depending on the desires of the individual student. These projects will culminate in a portfolio of recordings for each student at the end of the semester.

 

Through exposure to new musical ideas and styles while relating them to popular artists, we hope to build a set of technical skills for each student that will last them a lifetime. The SAFA! Team will provide the equipment for each week, as well as consult students and their families on how to utilize the technology available to them for musical means.

The ethos of these one-on-one workshops is to illustrate the sonic arts as the most prominent musical language of our time, and that’s all the more reason to make it accessible to diverse learning styles. And while the digital audio workstation has replaced the score in many ways, fundamentals in music such as theory, ear training, and orchestration can be taught through these modern interfaces, some of which our students are already familiar with. Whether it’s an iPad, a smartphone, or a basic PC, music technology surrounds us. Our goal is to teach our students to embrace these accessible devices as a means of creating new works of sonic arts, in the classroom, from the home, or wherever they may go.

SAFA! One-on-One is a mobile project that can meet with students anywhere in the five boroughs. We also have a workshop residency at the Brooklyn College Center For Computer Music so students can further experience our workshops in a professional studio setting. They will also be able to utilize the technology that the Center provides for their own creative projects. To sign up today for SAFA! One-on-One, please email max@sonicartsforall.org with the subject: SAFA! One-on-One.

We are currently offering private instruction and workshops in the following subjects:

  • Music Composition
  • Music Technology for Special Needs Individuals
  • Music Production
  • Music Fundamentals (keyboard training, music theory, and ear training)
  • DJing
  • Studio & Live Improvisation for Classical, Jazz, Blues, and Experimental Music
  • Voice for Recorded Media
  • Saxophone for Recorded Media
  • Live Sound
  • Sound for Film & Visual Media
  • Music Business & Marketing

 




Past Programs

SAFA! @ NYC Rock Camp


In August 2016, Sonic Arts For All! partnered up with We Make Noise as they presented their 9th Summer of NYC Rock Camp, located at the Bushwick Campus School. SAFA! provided tablet computers loaded with digital music apps from developers such as Moog and Korg, as well synthesizers and microphones, for the campers in their recording and hip-hop production classes. SAFA! also provided direct consultation in special education for specific campers attending during the week. The camp culminated on August 8th with an afternoon showcase of the campers bands and recordings at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 


SAFA! x Charles River Creative Arts Program


SAFA! founder Max Alper visited the Charles River Creative Arts Program on July 13th, 2016 as a guest artist. He sat in on multiple music classes, as well as performed and collaborated with the campers to create some weird sounds of their own. During the daily Noontime Show, Max gave an artist talk with CRCAP director Aaron Gelb, as well as performed solo, with the Creative Starts group, and the Creative Music Alliance ensemble class.

During classes such as Creative Music Alliance and Digital Music, Max held group critiques, where students would present their work, and Max would initiative conversations amongst the students on how each piece could be improved. All classes of the day were modeled on college-level conservatory composition workshops. Workshop topics included free improvisation, musique concréte, arrangement and composition in Garageband and Logic, live effects processing, looping and feedback, and much more! All photos by Jack Beal.

Be on the lookout for future collaborations between SAFA! and CRCAP in the academic year!


SAFA! x The Conservatory on the Highlands


SAFA! is thrilled to announce an official partnership with The Conservatory on the Highlands, a new music school start-up located in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. On July 14th, 2016, SAFA! founder Max Alper visited the conservatory to give a digital music workshops to students, young and old, at the Conservatory. Topics included utilizing accessible technology at home (such as iPads and other tablets), sequencer apps and hardware, live effects processing, group improvisation, and arrangement through live looping. Be on the lookout for more SAFA! workshops in digital music at The Conservatory on the Highlands during the academic year!