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Monday, July 30, 2012

Shaw Middle School students' original song to be featured on professional album

When students at Shaw Middle School learned last October that they had three days to create a professional song, they were apprehensive.

Three days?

They loved music. They enjoyed creative expression, which was a staple of every week through DC SCORES. But the task still seemed daunting.

Now fast forward to this September, when their own, original song. “It’s Math, Baby,” will be featured on a professional album.

No joke. They came a long way during that trio of afternoons.

Working with hip-hop artist Psalm One through the ASCAP Songwriter Residency at @ America SCORES, the students wrote and then recorded a song that will be a part of the ‘Child Support’ album featuring tracks created by students from nine SCORES sites from across the country.

The 13-track album will be available for purchase Sept. 25, with all proceeds benefiting the ASCAP program. Each fall through the Songwriter Residency, students at SCORES schools spend a few afternoons working with a professional musician such as Psalm One to create and record songs.

Last fall, the program led 13 workshops in 12 cities with Psalm One doing a nine-city tour.

“I have worked with the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES for several years and it is one of the most rewarding programs I’ve ever been a part of,” the rapper said in a press release.

The students at Shaw Middle School would likely agree.

To get a preview of the album, go here, click on the “Listen Now” link and scroll down to track 11. It’s simple math, baby.

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