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Library becomes teen recording studio

girl holding guitarProfessional musicians from McMichael Music in Norman will turn the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster in downtown Norman, into a recording studio for a special teen edition of Live @ the Library Sunday, October 11, beginning at 1 p.m.

“We did two Live @ the Library programs this summer as part of our Teen Summer Reading Challenge,” says Norman Teen Librarian Rebecca Spence, “and they were so popular that we decided to continue the series.

“McMichael Music has put together an event designed to let teens work with professional musicians to learn, rehearse, and record a number using the same instruments and equipment the pros use. This will be a great experience for teens of any musical ability, whether they are trying an instrument for the first time or have been taking lessons for years.”

By following a three-step learning process, teens ages 8 – 17 will first choose a performance vehicle (guitar, keyboard, or vocals); then learn some basic performance techniques; and finally, participate in a recording session in which they perform what they have learned. Each participant will leave the program with a CD of their performance.

Participants will cycle through the learning stations in small groups. Spence predicts that it will take 30-45 minutes for an individual to complete the process. Instruments will be provided, but teens may bring their own guitars if they wish.

“We’ll have books, snacks, and related materials to help the kids pass the time while they are waiting their turns,” Spence says.

The event is free but registration is required. To register, visit the library, call Spence at 701-2620, or register via the online events calendar.

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