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ADMIT Program records Miami Gardens youth

Students write lyrics for their orginal CD's

Gigi Tinsley | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
Thomas W. Demerritte, a native Miamian with studios in Miami and Atlanta, came home to make more than 100 students ...

Thomas W. Demerritte, a native Miamian with studios in Miami and Atlanta, came home to make more than 100 students happy this summer. They wrote lyrics and recorded their own CDs.

“I am so happy to be able to come home and teach some of the children in the Miami Gardens and Hialeah areas about the music industry.” he said. “I also had the opportunity to work with the Center for Independent Living’s young adults. I was blessed.”

When Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation District Superintendent Rodney Best made plans for this Teen Summer Camp Program, he says he wanted to make sure to include the Alternative Directions Music Industry Training [ADMIT] Program.

“Children and their music are inseparable,” Best said. ”We are able to offer our youth exposure and opportunities which are not only fun and educational, but also give them the groundwork for developing career strategies and focus.”

The ADMIT Program provided student training in creativity and the business process of writing, producing and distributing music. Students wrote the lyrics and laid the beats for their Life In the Gardens CD — a compilation of songs written and produced by Miami Gardens youth, including a track Trayvon Paid It All” — a tribute to the late Trayvon Martin. Students now know how to record a CD that can make a difference in the lives of other children who hear their songs.

Students develop their passions

None of the campers had ever written or recorded a song before. But Demerritte says you couldn’t tell.

“The ability to include all kids in creating positive musical messages is the real beauty of the ADMIT Program, but it’s also amazing how we find young people who have music as a passion and can actually participate in the recording process for the first time,” he said. “I’ve had kids cry at the microphone because they never thought they would ever get a chance to fulfill their dreams of making a recording. Most of them have little or no musical background and are constantly bombarded by hip-hop and other negative messages.”

At the end of the Summer Camp session, the ADMIT Program awarded Lenice Roberts Most Cooperative participant and Kristian Stanley Most Talented participant. They were also given signed copies of the book, “That's a Rap! A Music Industry Sourcebook for Generation Next,” written by ADMIT’s founder, Demerritte

Kristian, a gifted 12-year old singer, was  recruited with his brother Eric Stanley, a rapper, to record an inspiring City of Miami Gardens theme song produced by Demerritte and is included on the group’s 11-track CD. Demerritte will work with Kristian to develop his own music demo in the future.

To contact the ADMIT Program call 786-287-1184.