Record High expands efforts to support music industry education in N.J. schools

Pru Center-based organization to partner with Save the Music Foundation to assist 5 schools in state

Record High, a leading advocate for music education programs presented by the Prudential Center, designed to prepare New Jersey high school students for a career in the music industry both on and off the stage, took another step to do just that.

On Monday, it announced it will provide support for Save the Music Foundation to bring further resources to music students in New Jersey at selected schools in Jersey City, Newark, East Orange, Elizabeth and New Brunswick.

With a focus on empowering music teachers and students, Record High will provide comprehensive on-site and virtual support to STMF grantees as they integrate cutting-edge music technology into their curricula via the acclaimed J Dilla Music Technology Grant.

“As Record High continues to establish itself as one of the premier music programs in New Jersey, we could not be happier to partner with Save the Music Foundation to continue bringing unique music opportunities for students across the state,” Mark Conklin, vice president, artist relations and programing, Record High at Prudential Center, said. “Save the Music Foundation is one of the premiere music foundations in the entire country, and to be able to partner with the organization and expand our reach will further elevate Record High.”

Record High is dedicated to helping these schools optimize their classroom spaces, fostering student learning and assisting in the creation of a long-term plan for sustained educational growth. The Record High team also will offer valuable insights to music teachers on curriculum development and effective grant implementation, ensuring a seamless integration of the new music technology grants.

The recipient schools of this support initiative include:

  • Lincoln High School (Jersey City)
  • New Jersey Regional Day School (Newark)
  • East Orange STEM School
  • Academy No. 26 (Elizabeth)
  • New Brunswick High School

For over 25 years, Save the Music Foundation has empowered students, teachers and communities to reach their full potential through music making. The Save the Music J Dilla Music Technology Grant delivers the future of music education through innovative tech tools and resources that bring out students’ inner creativity, talent and confidence by teaching the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording and production.

The J Dilla Music Technology grant package includes ongoing program support, including research, measurement and professional development training for a 10-year period. The grant aims to broaden access to music tech resources, support teachers and inspire future career pathways.

In an exciting development for the new year, Record High will debut its innovative Live! Audio and Lighting Workshop. This initiative will kick off by hosting STMF grantee Passaic Preparatory Academy.

Additionally, Record High will debut its Sessions! Recording Studio Workshop by hosting STMF grantee Barringer High School, Newark, at the prestigious Sound on Sound Studio in Montclair. Record High will expand availability of these workshops to school districts throughout the state in 2024.

These workshops provide students with hands-on training in live concert production and a professional studio recording experience. Record High is proud to contribute to the flourishing Careers in Technology education in New Jersey, fostering a new generation of skilled and passionate professionals.

Chiho Feindler, chief program officer at Save the Music, obviously is thrilled by the partnership.

“Save the Music Foundation is thrilled to be working with New Jersey’s own Record High,” she said. “As a community leader in providing quality programming in Newark and beyond, Record High is the perfect partner to ensure that our grantee recipient schools and communities are fully supported as they implement and evolve music tech programs.”