PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The YMCA of Greater Providence and InMusic have partnered for a six-week MPC Beats Academy program that will teach the fundamentals of making beats, arranging songs and digital music technology to inspire creativity with students ages 12-18.
“The MPC Beats Academy is new era music instruction at its best. The YMCA and InMusic are proud partners providing professional lessons to youth statewide,” said YMCA of Greater Providence Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Kobi Dennis.
This is the third session of the popular community outreach program. The program focuses on the digital aspect of today’s popular music and offers free and inclusive access to some of the music industry’s top of the line music products, music education and instructors.
“The YMCA continues to pivot, while creating new and exciting opportunities and initiatives for the urban core,” said YMCA of Greater Providence Steven O’Donnell. “Anytime that two like-minded and dedicated organizations collaborate, the community reaps the benefits. We are grateful for Patrick Sullivan and his team at InMusic.”
Many prominent producers and artists have successfully used MPC beats including Grammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys, producer Mike Will Made It and Hip-Hop artists J Dilla and Araab Muzik. Mike Will Made It has produced several notable tracks for Grammy-award winning rappers Lil Wayne, T.I., Ludacris, Drake and more.
Upon completion of the program, students will be gifted signed certificates and special inMusic products including a Bluetooth speaker, USB flash drive, Akai stickers, t-shirts and lanyard and a drawstring bag. Weekly two-hour classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6-8 p.m. through July 30th at the YMCA of Greater Providence Association Office on the sixth floor of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence. If you’re interested in registering to the InMusic program, click here.