Local musicians will get the opportunity to experience music production at its fullest.
Fort Saskatchewan music teacher Melanie Smith-Doderai is upping the game when it comes to her fiddle students end of the year performance.
“Every year as a music teacher I try to do something at the end of the year that helps them grow as musicians. Not just with their instrument but something that’s a little bit bigger than the instrument themselves,” said Smith-Doderai.
This idea began two years ago when the students created a movie for the audience and last year students did a recording project.
“This year we’re going to go a little bit bigger than that and they’re going to make a recording as a group and we’re going to be playing old time fiddle music,” she said.
Students will experience what it is like to live like a musician, from fundraising, to going into a professional recording studio as a group and working together and filming a music video. This entire process from start to finish will be recorded by a professional videographer.
“There’s a huge culture of old time fiddle within Alberta, but especially within the Fort, so we’re going to work hard to preserve that culture,” said Smith-Doderai.
Up to 40 current and alumni fiddlers will take part in the project. They will record in the studio on May 12 and then publicly perform in three different locations, which could include a flash mob somewhere.
Like many musicians, they are fundraising to help reach their goal of $2,500 for the project.
They have launched a KickStart Campaign called: The Fiddle Integrative Arts Project – The Making of a Music Video.
To date they have raised $750.