Following the formal ribbon cutting of its new state-of-the-art Digital Music Lab Monday morning, the Briarcliff Middle School (BMS) will hold a Grants-in-Action Night tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The community is invited to attend the Jan. 13 event to witness demonstrations of the new music lab, which was funded through another generous grant from the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation.
Through the use of 26 iMacs equipped with MIDI piano keyboards, a 3 JamHub (silent) practice studio, multiple software including GarageBand and Music Delta, Smart Boards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric basses, keyboards and an electronic drum set, students are now learning to compose and perform music in a friendly and collaborative environment.
The BMS Digital Music Lab and accompanying sequence of courses are designed for all levels of music learners – from the beginner to the experienced – to those who perform regularly with organized groups to those who do not.
The lab officially opened to students in the late fall and has since enhanced appreciation for music and inspired many who would otherwise not learn to string together notes or chords in this manner. Built using soundproofing material to avoid impinging on other classes while delivering quality acoustics inside the room, the BMS Digital Music Lab capitalizes on a space that had been previously used for storage.
The new music lab was funded by a $76,000 grant from the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation.