School District’s PSTV, DASH Partner to Offer “Songwriting 101” with Music Industry Professionals
PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia on Friday announced a new music production partnership and programming opportunity between its own Philadelphia Schools TV (PSTV) Studios and DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights), made possible through a grant from StartupPHL.
This Fall, DASH will roll out a “Songwriting 101” class that will be delivered by highly regarded international professionals in the music industry. The program will be hosted at PSTV’s studios located at the District’s Education Center.
“We are incredibly excited that our students will have the opportunity to engage in learning with highly regarded industry professionals, providing them a great opportunity to play a role in contributing to the city’s next wave of an already long-standing musical legacy,” states Frank Machos, Executive Director of the District’s Office of The Arts and Academic Enrichment.
This partnership is just one of the many ways PSTV and the Office of Arts and Academic Enrichment are working together to co-develop a curriculum alongside partners that can be scaled to students across the city. The program development is in conjunction with the District’s efforts to increase access to music, media and technology programs to all students.
“DASH is excited not only to partner with the School District of Philadelphia but with an extended network of music industry professionals throughout the city and nationally as well, including the Recording Academy’s Philadelphia Chapter and Live Nation Urban,” said Brandon Pankey, Executive Director of DASH.
Since 2016, DASH has partnered with the District, working at Building 21 to assist with music curriculum updates. The program incorporates media and technology and introduces students to various professions in the music, media, creative and technology industries.
“PSTV is excited to bring this program and partnership through our doors as it is just another testament to how music, media and technology can all be brought together to tell a story and provide our students another real-life, hands-on experience from industry professionals,” said Shelley Wolfe, Station Manager of PSTV.