The future is now at Alpha Institute. The school known for the foundation of Jamaican music is now preparing itself to be at the forefront. The support from the Irie Foundation, American Friends of Jamaica, Sean Paul and others have enabled the alpha music department to implement a comprehensive music technology program including production and performance training as well as radio broadcasting, disc jockey training, recording and live mixing.
The Jamaican entertainment industry will also benefit from the stronger foundation among industry personnel. Outside of Jamaica, Alpha is engaging with regional Caribbean trainers and practitioners in an effort to share best practices and provide its .
The Disc Jockey program (click here for more information) was launched last April with the support of the Irie Foundation. According to Alpha’s disc jockey instructor and FAME FM disc jockey, Denvo Thombs, the introduction of these new skills is having an immediate positive impact.
“The disc jockey program is an exciting one for them,” said Thombs. “When they are in class they are engaged and eager to learn so much so that when our official session is over they tend to stay during their lunchtime to ask more questions.”
The new American Friends of Jamaica production lab is where the latest production and radio broadcasting skills are taught. Alpha’s place at the forefront of production training was recognized by the British Council this past summer which Rev. Don McDowell.
“I am very glad to report that the audio engineering students are excited and motivated to be in school and learn. They are taking initiative and demonstrating responsibility and respect for the space and the technical activities inside of it. I have seen their morale increase, which I attribute to their love for the music technology and career they see themselves stepping into.”
Rev. McDowell prepares for a ProTools engineering class.
And now the world is listening to the progress 24/7. Alpha Boys School Radio (alphaboysschoolradio.com) new radio partner, Stream Guys, which provide streaming and advertising integration to WNYC in New York City and the Associated Press are assisting with the development of Alpha Boys School Radio’s goal to engage Jamaican music and culture fans worldwide. Listen to ABSR and hear the progress in real time!