Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Bedford Library is offering a free six-week DJ class for teenagers this fall. Show full caption


BEDFORD-STUYVESANT – Teens can bring their talents to the turntable this fall with a free DJ series from the Bedford branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Remix Academy is coming to the library on Franklin Avenue near Hancock Street to help teenagers learn DJ and life skills, organizers say.

In cooperation with the partner group Building Beats, students between the ages of 14 and 18 take part in weekly, two-hour music production workshops.

Children’s librarian Christina Ferrari introduced the idea to the BPL program Bklyn Incubator, which funded the initiative.

“We’re really trying to reach out and engage the youth in our immediate neighborhood,” Ferrari said.

“Music is such a big part of their life and it’s a great way to get their interest, to get them to the library.”

Session leaders cover topics such as Bedford-Stuyvesant artists, sampling, the importance of diversity, the music business, and song structure, and use laptops, DJ software, headphones, and Numark controllers provided by the library.

Each student will work on their own sets, which will be presented to the community during a final presentation in October, Ferrari added.

“We hope they learn a little about themselves, gain confidence, and learn basic life skills like making a commitment, dealing with criticism from colleagues and trainers,” she said.

In addition, the participants receive information on the subject of resumes and careers.

“By coming to programs, we connect them to resources they may not have and positive influences from their peers and adults who may not get them in their daily lives,” Ferrari said.

“It opens their eyes to other possibilities that they may not think about.”

The Saturday series started on September 17th and will last six weeks. There are still places available for students on September 24th.

Other free programs from the Brooklyn Public Library and Bklyn Incubator include literary and technology workshops highlighting food justice in Brownsville and an ancestral writing series at the DeKalb Library.

For more information about the Remix Academy, visit the Brooklyn Public Library website here.


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