What’s your Musivation?

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What’s your Musivation?

Kevin Gift
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During this music residency students will explore mood and motivation through music. What’s your Musivation? is a flexible program that can be customized to integrate into various subject areas such as math, science, and English/language arts. By the end of the residency, students will have learned:

  • Elementary mixing techniques;
  • How to manage time in a recording studio environment;
  • DAW (Digital Audio Workstation);
  • How to use MIDI instruments;
  • How to record audio;
  • And how to record MIDI.

Students will have the opportunity to record individual tracks of audio; play and record MIDI instruments; add and manipulate turntable effects within the DAW software; mixdown multiple tracks into a stereo master track; and add effects to individual tracks and the overall mix. Artist provides all necessary technology.


Typically, residencies range from $2,500 to $3,500, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
• A kick-off assembly
• A required orientation meeting and planning session
• A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
• A student culminating or sharing event
• An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:
• Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
• A set of workshops ($100 each)
• A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
• An evaluation meeting ($100)
• Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.


"Students gained concrete knowledge and skills pertaining to
the equipment used and musical concepts. Second, students
experienced the process of creating a high-quality product,
consequently gaining a better understanding of good process."

Jeff, Teacher, William Pinderhughes Elementary

"The students really enjoyed the residency. They took to the technology so quickly. Also, the whole school was able to see the introductory assembly, and they LOVED it! I teach piano lessons after school, and my students that came that week said, "Guess what we got to see at school?!""

Laura, Teacher, Linthicum Elementary