I’ve always loved music, but in the two years I’ve been a student at Penn State Abington, it’s become a bigger part of my life than ever before. Joining the AbingTones intensified my love of performing. Taking music production courses inspired my passion for creating and changing sound. During my time here, I’ve noticed countless other students with similar passions. Unfortunately, music performance classes are audition-based and very structured, and music production courses fill up almost immediately. Students with a love of music were left with no way to express it. Recognizing this problem, I started The Pride.
The Pride is Penn State Abington’s music industry network for students. It’s an outlet for students to connect with artists, professionals, and each other, and to learn about the various facets of the music industry to better prepare themselves for a career in music. The Pride consists of three branches, Music Production, Music Business, and Songwriting. The goal is to reach out to artists and professionals and to bring them in for presentations, demonstrations, Q&A, and to share their experience with students. This allows students to begin to learn about the music industry before they have to face “the real world”, all without having to take a course.
We have lots of ideas and goals for the near and far future, including bringing in big names in the industry, starting a student-run label, partnerships with local radio stations and indie labels, field trips to music studios, and more. We’re already in the process of planning events with singer-songwriters, bands, producers, and owners of labels. We’re taking large strides to make things happen as soon as possible.
One of our first goals was to establish an online music blog for on-campus and off-campus music happenings. This goal is checked off the list with the creation of ROAR, the website you’re currently visiting. ROAR serves as “the voice of The Pride”, and covers all campus music events hosted by any clubs/organizations, including The Pride, LEAP, AbingTones, etc.. In addition, ROAR will cover interviews with artists and professionals brought to campus, successful and upcoming local artists and professionals off-campus, and relevant news in the music world. Future plans for ROAR include a “Featured Student” section which will highlight a student who is doing something impressive related to the music industry, and more.
The Pride still has available leadership positions, and ROAR is looking for writers, so if this is something that interests you, contact me (Dave Lisowski) at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook! Please let your friends know about us!