By: Gwen Specht /Instructional Paraprofessional
Recently, the Ocean Academy music students and a few lucky staff members participated in a field trip to the Lakehouse Music Academy. Located in Asbury Park, the Lakehouse Music Academy is a professional recording studio and a teaching academy. Eric Novod, Director of Education at the recording studio led the tour through their two recording studios. Both studios were designed to enhance acoustics and to house their high tech equipment. In addition to the functionality of the recording space, the entirety of the Academy is a beautifully designed space.
The recording studios themselves are two separate spaces. The technology and equipment allow them to be utilized in tandem. This effectively increases the recording space, if needed. Evan, another academy staff, demonstrated the sound quality difference between many of the studio’s various speakers. He also briefly explained the history of the recording equipment. Both Evan and Eric demonstrated the adjustable wall panels and explained their impact on the room’s acoustics.
After the tour was complete, the group was split between two rooms. The first room included Joey, Jeremy, Matt, Josh, Mrs. Gwen and Mrs. Cooper. They were joined by Evan and Natalie from the Lakehouse teaching staff. The students were asked to pick a song. Joey suggested Guns N Roses’ “Paradise City.” Evan and Natalie created quick instrumental sheet music. Eric brought the group lyrics sheets. After a bit of practice the group was able to play the song. Joey was on vocals, Matt played the guitar, Jeremy played the keyboard, Evan played the bass and Natalie was on drums. The group continued with the Beatles’ “Imagine.”
The second room was occupied by Carlos, Kaitlyn, God, Dylan, James, Ms. Catalano, and two Lakehouse teachers, Bryan and Steve. This group played two songs in the same manner. Each student was given the opportunity to try each instrument and sing vocals. The songs played in this room were Imagine Dragons “Radioactiv,” a Dj Kelly song and a Smashmouth song.
After the jam sessions were complete, Eric spoke to the group about their upcoming participation in our school’s music program. Beginning in January, the Lakehouse Academy teachers will be coming to guide the music class in writing and recording an original song. The classes end of the year project will be another trip to Lakehouse. During this trip the students will utilize the recording studio to make a professional recording of their song.
The Ocean Academy would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff at Lakehouse Music Academy for their time and expertise. All of the trip participants are excited about the upcoming collaboration.