Every edition of our Student Spotlight series gives us the opportunity to recognize a huge achievement in the lives of some of our student-artists. They each embarked on a personal journey, sought to hone a challenging skill, and put in tons of work and self-reflection to produce remarkable results.
Whether they were enrolled in one of our acclaimed online courses or working through a more personalized four-week learning plan, each of these students went the extra mile and we could not be more proud.
For this edition of the Student Spotlight, we are pleased to feature some outstanding songs — one completed in our new Intro to Making Music in Logic Pro X course, another applied their newfound command of harmony, and yet another took their work in musical theater to the next level with our TheoryWorks series. We also had some fantastic projects, including an impressive student-built website.
Here’s the full playlist. Scroll down to hear a little more about each track and what each student set out to accomplish with the help of their Soundfly Mentors during their session.
“All Is Calm, All Is Bright”
Student-Artist: Jackie Macri
Course: Headliner’s Club
Mentor: Tim Maryon
Focus: Getting songs placed with a music library
Tim: Jackie is a very talented singer, songwriter, composer and all-around great musician with a killer sense of harmony. Her songs are beautiful and compelling!
Student-Artist: Chris Bassaline
Course: Intro to Making Music in Logic Pro X
Mentor: Sırma Munyar
Focus: Making better hip-hop and trap beats
Sırma: Chris had good taste since the beginning, but the difference between his first beat and the last is day and night to me. He has made such huge progress within these 6 weeks. He started with a couple of eerie synth lead melodies in the first week, and by the end of the course, he was at a level where he could build lush atmospheric soundscapes! We also focused on a few mixing techniques to balance out the heaviness of the bass elements in his music. Overall, I think Chris has come a whole lot closer to translating his vision into reality — and this track is the proof of that. It just sounds so massive and immersive!
Student-Artist: Julia Tregoing
Course: Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords
Mentor: Joseph Capalbo
Focus: Doubling down on learning about composition and finding a harmonic voice, so as to create a foundation for building her artistic vision and eventually performing original music live
Joseph: Julia really locked into the process of writing chord progressions with a specific emotion in mind while taking the Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords course. By the end of it, she was able to write interesting progressions toward emotion while embellishing the production aspect of her truly original style of music!
Student-Artist: Pete Beat
Course: Headliners Club
Mentor: Angela Mastogiacomo
Focus: Learning to harness the power of good PR and presenting a unique brand to the world
Angela: Pete was a fantastic student! He embraced all learning opportunities and tackled them head-on. He’s diligent, hard working, and always ready to take his learning to the next level.
Student-Artist: Mark Richardson
Course: The Creative Power of Advanced Harmony
Mentor: Joseph Capalbo
Focus: Break out of his established “sound” and understand theory better
Joseph: Mark’s original goal for Soundfly’s Advanced Harmony course was to break out of his sound and to make his music more contemporary sounding. His final project showcases his new knowledge of music theory from the course with a downtempo electronic sound refined with his personal mentor. Mark was an amazing student!
Student-Artist: Sam Cabot
Course: Beat Making in Ableton Live
Mentor: Sam Friedman
Focus: To approach building beats holistically, from the orchestration and arrangement all the way up to mixing
Sam: When I first spoke with Sam, he wasn’t sure whether the Beat Making course was right for him since he was already familiar with Ableton’s basics. After talking it over, we decided to customize the content to address his interests in mixing, arrangement, mastering, and much more in addition to the course content. Sam ended up submitting incredible work each week, making clear progress on every track. He asked good, thoughtful questions and would apply the knowledge back into his music with great prowess. His natural talent as a keyboard player and drummer paired with his impressive production and mixing knowledge results in the fantastic work you hear in his spotlight feature piece. Keep an eye on his work!
Student-Artist: Shumaila Hemani
Course: Headliners Club
Mentor: Ian Temple
Focus: Building a website that represents her brand
Ian: Shumaila is a highly talented musician, researcher, student, and ethnomusicologist drawing on some very interesting traditions but also trying to update and innovate within them. Coming up with a brand and website that communicates all that was a very big challenge, but she dove in and knocked it out of the park.
Student-Artist: Analise Rios
Course: TheoryWorks II: Sight Singing & Harmony Essentials
Mentor: Amy Stewart
Focus: Learning how to read and analyze music better and hold harmonies
Analise: I am involved in an in-development rock opera called Null Paradox. The really fun part about it is that I get to be part of my character’s development! Which is where my sight singing and harmonization training will come in handy. I help write the vocal lines and harmonies for my character’s songs, so I’m looking forward to working my new theory knowledge in in the recording studio!
My favorite part about the course is that it has made me more inquisitive about song structure; and it has given me some of the language and tools I can use to analyze the music I hear everyday, music that I will create myself, and music that I will be working with as a musical theater actor moving forward.
Amy: Analise is so special. She’s patient, curious, attentive, and crazy talented. But in addition to all that, she went above and beyond in this course. She learned every concept with ease, was so thorough in all her work, and even applied the concepts we were working on to multiple “bonus” pieces from her book. I am crazy proud of her.
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