Music Career Day for Texas Students at Richardson ISD

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    CASTRO performs at Career Day
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    Students pose with CASTRO
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    Shaun Martin and Mark Lettieri
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    Symbolyc One, Tre Nagella, and Dustin Blocker
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    Cassie Shankman
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    Kevin Hayden
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    Nick Landis networks with students during lunch at Career Day.
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GRAMMY-winning artists and top industry professionals led field specific workshops followed by a performance from pop/folk trio, CASTRO

The first steps in a career are often the hardest and with education being a pillar of the Recording Academy’s mission, the Texas Chapter brings Career Day, presented by the GRAMMY Museum, each year to local students interested in pursuing a career in music. Career Day gives students an inside look at life in the music industry with the guidance of GRAMMY winners and industry experts. Taking place in cities across the country, this unique program acquaints excellent students, chosen by music directors and educators, with music-related career preparation. 

On September 20, 2017, the Texas Chapter hosted Career Day at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts for Richardson ISD, a school district and community that elevates fine arts and is dedicated to giving their students access to opportunities outside of the classroom. 

Richardson ISD Superintendent Jeanne Stone, Executive Director of Fine Arts Jeff Bradford, and the Texas Chapter’s Sr. Executive Director Theresa Jenkins welcomed 200 select students before they embarked on a day of learning about the possibilities in music through workshops led by top industry professionals.

The workshops were categorized by field: Creative, Business, Production, and Technology—the Future of Music. Workshop leaders included Chip Adams, owner of Modern Outsider record label; Carlos Alvarez, music business executive for Azteca Music Group; Dustin Blocker and Alex Cushing, owners of Hand Drawn Records; Nick Landis, audio engineer at Terra Nova Mastering; Amy Lombardi, director of entertainment relations for TuneCore; Tre Nagella, GRAMMY-winning recording engineer; Mark Lettieri and Shaun Martin, members of the three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz and funk band, Snarky Puppy; Edward Castillo and Kevin Hayden of ScoreMore Shows; Cassie Shankman, music composer and co-founder of the music learning app Picardy; and Symbolyc One, music producer who has worked with artists such as Adam Levine, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

The event concluded with a special guest performance by pop/folk trio CASTRO, led by American Idol season seven semi-finalist, Jason Castro.

The day’s success was evident by the words of Jeff Bradford, Executive Director of Fine Arts for Richardson ISD: “As our students and staff left today, I had more than 50 kids come shake my hand and say thank you.  Past that, every one of our directors said ‘thank you’ or ‘wow!’”  That was life changing for our kids."  

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