Aspiring musicians attend DMI camp
by Anne Hart Preus
Jul 17, 2014 | 2112 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During Delta State’s DMI Summer Camp, students ages 15-18, learn studio recording techniques, MIDI, music theory, songwriting, and performance in an interactive camp that explores three music career tracks.
During Delta State’s DMI Summer Camp, students ages 15-18, learn studio recording techniques, MIDI, music theory, songwriting, and performance in an interactive camp that explores three music career tracks.
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Twenty high school students from four states are attending a week-long residential camp at Delta State's Delta Music Institute.

Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, opened an orientation session with directions for music projects and later participants learned about the various roles in a recording session from Travis Calvin, Vince Barranco and Barry Bays.

"The cost of a recording session depends on the place and the artist," said Barranco, a Nashville studio drummer/producer who is assisting with the camp for the eighth year.

"The more famous the artist is the higher the cost of recording sessions," said Barranco.

Calvin, DMI staff member, told campers, "A typical set-up for a recording session consists of the head engineer, an assistant engineer, an audio engineer, and the instrumentalists along with the artist. If something goes wrong, everyone blames the engineer and if it goes right, no one notices. Engineers make the artist's dream come true."

Bays, a professional musician and DMI instructor, talked about the role of the instrumentalist in a recording session.

"The instrumentalist has to maintain instruments so the sessions are noise free. There can be no squeaking in a session," said Bays.

He told the group to always be still for 10 seconds following the last note of a song so that nothing is ruined by noise.

Counselors for the camp, include Mic Hargrove, Justin Boatman, Jarrick Finkley, Lindsey Anna Pardue, and Horace Willis.

While at the camp this week, students are exploring three areas of concentration in the music industry: audio engineering, performance band or singer/songwriter. "Students will learn and apply knowledge and hopefully this will spark a flame to get serious about music careers," says Mic Hargrove.

Other instructors include DMI Director Tricia Walker who offers direction to the singer/songwriter students along with DMI Instructor Charly Abraham who provides stage performance coaching to the aspiring musical artists with input from artist-in-residence Steve Azar. Staff member Katt “DJ Saxy” Grant will instruct beat-makers and producers in the skills involved with DJing.

"This is my second time to attend the DMI camp," said Melik Gooden. "I am enjoying the music environment and meeting new people. I am really glad to be here."

Students attending the eighth Delta Music Institute Summer Camp at Delta State University will be showcasing their musical talents in a concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Satuday.

The concert, which will feature familiar hits, along with original songs written by the campers, is free and open to the public.