News / Arts & Entertainment

Grammy Camp Helps Young Musicians Fine-Tune Skills

Aspiring young musicians attend a Los Angeles summer camp and get tips from music industry professionals
Aspiring young musicians attend a Los Angeles summer camp and get tips from music industry professionals

Multimedia

How do aspiring stars break into the music business?  More than 100 young musicians at a recent summer camp got tips from music professionals, including teen star Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.  The annual program in Los Angeles is run by the people behind the music industry’s Grammy awards, and is part of the “Grammy in the Schools” project for U.S. high school students.

Jonas told the young musicians he has dreamed of performing since he was five or six years old.  He first appeared in Broadway musicals, and then became a pop sensation with his brothers.

Just 18 now and already a big star, the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers was just one of the music professionals sharing their insights into the business.

At the week-long camp, student musicians have a chance to perform while others -who want careers in music production- spend their days learning the technical side of the business.

Camper Ben LoPiccolo
Camper Ben LoPiccolo

Grammy camper Ben LoPiccolo is honing his skills in another part of the industry, as a music reporter.

“I found that I really enjoyed writing and telling people about music that I like to kind of expand their taste,” he said.

Grammy Foundation’s Kristen Madsen
Grammy Foundation’s Kristen Madsen

These teens hope to be part of an industry that is rapidly changing -- in large part, says the Grammy Foundation’s Kristen Madsen, because of social networking, on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“I would say that that’s probably the biggest theme that you can see, is watching the artists and the professionals come through and talk about, there are new ways and new roadmaps for kids to succeed in the music industry, and they have a lot more access to doing it themselves,” Madsen stated.

13-year-old Greyson Chance is a perfect example of that. He’s about to release his first album and told the other young musicians his career began with a music video posted on YouTube.

Nick Jonas, member of the Jonas Brothers band
Nick Jonas, member of the Jonas Brothers band

Nick Jonas says he and his two brothers first connected with fans on sites like Myspace, and still reach out through popular websites.

"Social media was incredibly important for my brothers and I at the beginning of our career and still is today," he explained. "With Twitter and YouTube and Facebook, there are so many instant ways to connect with your fans.”

Today’s music industry is mixing genres, and aspiring music producer Giovanni Quattrochi says it’s getting interesting.

“Especially with hip hop, there’s a lot of sampling of different genres of music," he noted. "And I think I’m excited to see where music is going to go.”

Music is also becoming international, says Elise Go, who hopes to become a songwriter.

“I’m also pretty excited.  I think it’s very cool.  I’m really interested in Korean and Asian-genre music.  It’s like Korean and Chinese pop music, and they’re using American influences in their music, and I feel that’s very cool to hear, a pop song you think you’d hear on the radio in America, in another language,” Go said.

Brian London plays keyboard for Lady Gaga
Brian London plays keyboard for Lady Gaga

Making it in music is not just about talent, says Brian London, who plays keyboard for such artists as Lady Gaga.  He tells the campers, it’s also about perseverance and hard work.

“Being a great player -- everybody’s a great player, so a lot of artists, management labels and music directors look at more than just being a great player in order to be hired for a gig,” he said.

These musicians say that, most of all, it takes a love of music to succeed in this exciting and evolving business.

You May Like

AU Takes Action on Boko Haram, Defers on S. Sudan

African Union is moving forward with a request for a military force to stop the spread of Boko Haram insurgency in West Africa; Ban Ki-moon welcomes decision to form a five-nation force More

Mass Protests Held for 58 Killed in Pakistani Shi'ite Mosque Bombing

Thousands of Shi'ite Muslims took to the streets across Pakistan Saturday to protest a powerful bomb blast at a mosque in Sindh province during Friday prayers, killing dozens of people More

Williams Wins Australian Open with Straight-Set Victory over Sharapova

The win is Serena Williams' sixth in Australia, and her 19th overall Grand Slam title More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unresti
X
Heather Murdock
January 30, 2015 8:00 PM
Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes 'Patriotic' Propaganda

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Mobile Infrared Scanners May Help Homeowners Save Energy

Mobile photo scanners have been successfully employed for navigational purposes, such as Google Maps. Now, a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the same technology could help homeowners better insulate their houses and save some money. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Filmmakers Produce Hand-Painted Documentary on Van Gogh

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Issues or Ethnicity? Question Divides Nigeria

As Nigeria goes to the polls next month, many expect the two top presidential contenders to gain much of their support from constituencies organized along ethnic or religious lines. But are faith and regional blocs really what political power in Nigeria is about? Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

Singer Leyla McCalla takes up not only the guitar, but the banjo and cello to perform songs from her new disc, “A Tribute to Langston Hughes,” music that mixes the Creole rhythms of Haiti with the French Quarter flavor of New Orleans on this edition of "The Hamilton Live."