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Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry

Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry

Sade Alvarez-Gibson, 15, raps into a studio microphone in a makeshift booth made of blankets, while Oladele Kiambu, 17, records:

“Keeping my mind focused / I’m controlling my reality / My grind’s an everyday thing / It’s something that I do casually,” she raps.

Just feet away, Kamal Muhammad — wearing headphones and a face full of determination — sits in front of a computer monitor, rhythmically tapping on a keyboard, eliciting sounds of a synth and a drum kick.

“This is my first time making a beat,” the 12-year-old said proudly.

All three are hoping to break into the music business, and the music program Beats Not Bullets is a step in that direction.

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