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The Music Industry /Recording Arts (MIRA) program launched its Street Team at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa in partnership with 88.5 WMNF Community Radio earlier this month.

The team includes student volunteers and was granted funding through an Innovation Grant from the St. Petersburg College Foundation. The goal is to expose students in the program to relevant events, professionals and networking opportunities with the potential to enhance their chances of employability.

As an extension of the festival’s mission to enhance music education, MIRA students will promote the program in their newly branded gear, network, and have the opportunity to partner with seasoned WMNF volunteers and staff.

The two-day event, March 8 and 9, was anticipated to attract 10,000 people to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. MIRA staff and students were sprinkled throughout the event with “I Love Music Education” stickers and MIRA Street Team t-shirts. WMNF is welcoming MIRA students to share a tent and promote the program and hand out branded stickers and sunglasses to those interested.

This was the Street Team’s first event with many more to come!

See photos from the Street Team’s Spring Break efforts on the college’s Facebook page.

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St. Petersburg College Early Childhood Education students, faculty and local professionals will attend an innovative workshop that trains teachers to use active, arts-based experiences to teach preschoolers about science, technology, engineering and math.

Funded by an SPC Innovation Grant, the workshops will have an immediate impact on the children in one local Head Start Center and continue to impact future teachers as SPC begins to implement the new method into their Early Childhood classes as early as this fall.

“We want to make sure everyone is aware of scholarly research on STEM to meet the unique needs of children in their setting,” said Anne Ryan, SPC professor and coordinator of Early Childhood A.S. degree program. “To me this is the incubator. We want to generate new ideas that get children excited to learn.”

Workshop for Professionals

On March 3-7, a Teaching Artist from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts will spend the week with about 70 3-4 year olds and their teachers at a Tarpon Springs Head Start Center.

In anticipation of the art that these children will develop, highlights from the Wolf Trap program will be displayed at the Leepa-Rattner Museum during the month of September.

Workshop for SPC students and faculty

Students and faculty in SPC’s Early Childhood Education program can also learn about teaching STEM through the arts at a workshop on Thursday, March 6, 6-9 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Contact Anne Ryan to reserve your spot as space is limited. If space is available, the program will also be open to local early childhood professionals seeking continuing education credit.

SPC Early Childhood Education Program

SPC’s Early Childhood Education program serves students currently working in the early childhood field or those preparing for a career. The program is designed to give students a smooth transition from certificate to associate degree to bachelors degree.

“Well meet them where they are in their early childhood career and help them reach their next goal,” said Ryan.

Other Upcoming Early Childhood events

Early Care and Education Conference – Preschool Track
Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

SPC Week – Early Childhood Info Sessions
Wednesday, March 5, 4 and 6 p.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

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A learning partnership between St. Petersburg College’s Music Industry Recording Arts program and guitar manufacturer Dean Guitars will allow students to learn on the company’s guitars and basses and impact the future of the company’s guitar designs.  dean-page1

The MIRA program has procured new space or “vault” within the college to showcase the proprietary and innovative instruments from the Tampa-based guitar manufacturer. And, as a learning partner, Dean Guitars will provide the program’s students with the opportunity to learn on the same professional guitars and basses being used in the fields they will be moving into.

The partnership also will also provide feedback from tomorrow’s guitarist on what is important to them, impacting the manufacturer’s future designs.

Organizers described the partnership as an exciting two-way street relationship where everyone benefits, especially the students who will be tomorrow’s guitarists and bassists.

“At MIRA, we see a tremendous opportunity to work directly with students in a hands-on way,” said Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Rubinson. “All of us at Dean are anxious to get started and to be a part of helping the guitarists and assists of tomorrow.  Through MIRA, we also get to learn what the next generation of our customers will want.”

Mark Matthews, academic department chair of the MIRA program, said, “Dean is the perfect partner for how we will do this. We are very excited that we share this vision together of how to guide students towards careers, with their guitar knowledge, by using the best guitars and basses available.”

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St. Petersburg College instructor David Manson and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival were featured in a blog post on Articulate: Creative Pinellas.

“Now in its sixth year, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is bigger and better than ever. First conceived in 2009 by trombonist, composer and college instructor David Manson as a St. Petersburg College event, the Festival has grown into a city-wide celebration,” according to the post. Several of the festival’s events are hosted at college locations – the Music Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and the Palladium at St. Petersburg College.

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All St. Petersburg College campuses will celebrate African-American History Month with events and awards ceremonies throughout February.


Angie Shaghaghi

Among the highlights will be an appearance by Tarpon Springs native Angie Shaghaghi, a successful entrepreneur who has appeared on a number of Food Network shows, including Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Hey, Can You Cook?

She will be the keynote speaker at the north county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. The Mac J. Williams awards honor outstanding high school students.

Shaghaghi runs a business called Creative Cooks, which teaches cooking classes to children in public/private after-school programs, community centers, nursing facilities and homes.

Other highlights include:

  • African-American History Month Quad Event, all day, Feb. 13, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
  • Jump Start Your African-American Genealogy, 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Clearwater Campus
  • Munch & Learn: Race & Ethnicity: Perceptions, Prejudice 7 Power, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Seminole Campus
  • Taste of Soul, noon, Feb. 19, Tarpon Springs Campus
  • The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • Poetry Slam, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • South county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Palladium
  • Soul Food Festival, noon, Feb. 25, SPC Midtown
  • Black Trivia Competition, 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Clearwater Campus
  • Soul Food Festival, noon and 4 p.m., Feb. 26, SPC Downtown

For complete listings, see www.spcollege.edu/aahm.

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Thursday’s issue of Creative Loafing features one of St. Petersburg College’s student success stories, “The Real Clash.”

Under the guidance of Professor Alejandro Arenas, this group of talented SPC Music Industry Recording Arts students have put together a powerful combination that has a great groove and infuses positivity into their message.

“This being the second time we were mentioned by someone at Creative Loafing, it feels amazing and surreal,” said Jay “Jay Acolyte” Wilson, the band’s producer and lyricist.

“I didn’t imagine all of the years that I had been performing and writing that I would be featured in a famously read periodical with the best group of talented people I have ever worked with,” Wilson said. “We are all excited and have been since we found out that this was happening and couldn’t be more happy to have the support of the MIRA program and St. Petersburg College. We are motivated to keep going until there is no more to go for and beyond. Thank you for giving us the tools and encouragement. We are proud of ourselves and appreciative.”

From the Creative Loafing article:

“The Real Clash grew out of SPC’s two-year Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program, which is dedicated to delivering real-world training to its students, all within a collaborative environment. MIRA students gain relevant skills and insight into real world experiences, not to mention free access to three versatile state-of-the-art audio production suites/classrooms. Originally, the plan was to follow the school’s already-existing model for rock and jazz ensembles: establish the curriculum for hip-hop, then pass the torch to a new group after a semester. But they wanted to write their own material. ‘That’s what made us different from the jump,’ says frontman/lyricist Rashad ‘Shadcore’ Harrell . ‘All the other ensembles do covers; we wanted to do original compositions.’ Months later, they’d written, played and recorded some first-rate material, delivered buzzworthy performances around the SPC campus and were trying to figure out what to do once the semester was done and credit earned. Their creativity was still flowing, chemistry swiftly growing, everyone was having a good time, so why quit? ‘You will be doing yourself a disservice if you cut it off after this semester is over,’ Rashad remembers Mark Matthews (MIRA Chair) saying after he saw the ensemble perform at a campus event. ‘You should take it outside of these four walls.’ Matthews’ encouragement solidified the band’s decision to make The Real Clash a full-fledged (off-campus) group.”

Visit Creative Loafing to read the issue.

The MIRA program helps students develop “real world” skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. It offers educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists and emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

The next performance for The Real Clash will be at the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show, Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., at Local 662, St. Petersburg. There is a $5 suggested donation. Follow The Real Clash on Facebook and WordPress.

You also can listen to The Real Clash and also donate $1 to the relief fund of Typhoon Haiyan.

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St. Petersburg College’s Community Concert Band will perform at the college’s Music Center on Thursday, Dec. 5.

college_bandThe Community Concert Band, directed by Nathan Muehl, is for college music majors, college non-music majors, advanced high school musicians and community members. The Community Concert Band promotes musical growth through quality music, focused rehearsals and a respectful environment.

Community Band member Kelsey Eberle said “My husband and I attended this concert, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. After enjoying the music of the SPC College Band, we knew we had to join an ensemble again. Both of us are musicians, but have not actively participated in an ensemble in a while. Wanting to be a part of this growing ensemble, Corey and I joined the band this semester. We are excited to perform our second and final concert of the semester this Thursday evening. We hope you enjoy it!”

Listen to a sample from the band when members performed at a concert on April 26.

Thursday’s performance will feature the SPC Woodwind Quintet, Small Percussion Ensembles, and wind ensemble music of Ticheli, Bartok, Daehn, and Mackey.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Admission: Free, donations accepted

Phone: 727-341-7984

Get more information about upcoming events on our website.

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Jun BustamanteIn celebration of International Education Week, musician Jun Bustamante spoke about the international language of music at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus on Thursday, Nov. 21. She performed on the Music Industry Recording Arts event stage on the quad during the afternoon event.

Born in Hachioji, Japan, Jun was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and locally in St. Petersburg. Her international background has provided her with exposure to a wide variety of music genres starting at an early age.

Mark Vance, a student in the Music Industry Recording Arts program, also performed with Jun as a percussionist. Additional MIRA students assisted with sound and stage setup for the live performance.

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Third-grade students from Our Savior Lutheran School in St. Petersburg recently had an up close and personal tour of the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College.


The students watched a five-song set list performance from hip-hop band, The Real Clash of the Titans, and also did a Q & A with the band. From there, the students toured the Recording Studio and with the help of Melissa Harris, MIRA Tech Specialist, recorded their class song. Melissa showed the students how songs are edited and played back the final edited version for the students to hear.

The final stop on their tour was at the MYRA Radio Network, SPC’s student-run radio station. Jay Wilson, MYRA’s General Manager gave the students a tour of the radio station and explained the basics of a radio broadcast.

SPC Law Instructor Deborah Eldridge joined the tour alongside her son.

“It was so wonderful for the children to see the process of creating music from its inception through the recording process and how it is broadcast via a radio station,” she said. “We have such a treasure in our MIRA Program and I think the more we can engage parents and children, the more we will see this program grow.”

See more photos on the college’s Facebook page.

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A Veterans Day message written by Charlie Glegg, president of the Student Veterans Association at St. Petersburg College’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

It’s raining…… no, it’s more like a steady drizzle. The cold twilight has faded into a full dark void. Bad weather to jump from an airplane, even if that jump is not far from the ground. Twinkling not far in the distance are flashes; some are silver, some are gold and some are white hot. This is not fire from an unseen enemy; this is light playing off the instruments of a marching band and the flashes of cameras. The jump made today is off the ramp of a C 141 at 2-feet AGL (above ground level) on to Green Ramp, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., mid-November 1983. A little island nation called Grenada has its once freedom again. The first unit from the 82nd Airborne division to go to combat since Vietnam is also the first unit to return.

Falling in by platoon, the men of Alpha Company prepare to march back with swagger and pride in true paratrooper fashion. One lowly PFC looks over to see his platoon sergeant, SFC Kotisinski crying uncontrollably as he becomes overwhelmed by the whole scene of the brass band, high ranking brass, and families as far as one can see. The PFC asks, “Sgt. Ski, what is wrong man?” SFC Kotisinski brushes his rain soaked tears away. He takes a somewhat choked breath and answers, “It wasn’t like this when we came back from Vietnam.”  Without knowing the impact of his act, the PFC reaches out a hand and says, “Welcome home Ski!” This earned more tears from a warrior so long denied that simple recognition.

Flash forward to now: Veterans Day is upon us again. What does this day mean to you? Is it a day off? Is it a day you don’t have to deal with the challenges of school or work? Or is it a day you watch the news and think, “Wow, if it wasn’t for the men and women past, present and the future that wear the uniform of the USA, I could be living in some nightmare where all I take for granted is lost?” For as long as men and women wear that uniform and take an oath to uphold our constitution and protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, we will never have to live in the fear of experiencing that nightmare.

As Americans, we tend to disagree with one another from time to time. Our personal views on politics, government policies, religion, as well as a host of other issues, will never be in sync and that is just fine. As Americans, we have those rights to disagree and voice our opinions and beliefs as provided to all of us by our Constitution. In my humble opinion, there is one fact that I believe we all should agree upon. In our past history, it has been proven that whenever a foreign or domestic entity felt the need to threaten our freedoms and way of life, Americans do unite as one! The men and women of our armed forces, as the “tip of the spear,” have been, and will always be, prepared to defend our great nation regardless of the cost of their great sacrifices. With myself being the young PFC mentioned above on Green Ramp that cold November day, I can attest to that fact personally. So on this Veterans Day when you come across a hero who has worn the uniform and made those sacrifices, please put out your hand and say, “Thank you” and “Welcome home!” We, as Americans, can sleep easy through the night while these heroes stand their post and keep us safe.

Charlie Glegg
President SVA St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SPC

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