A St. Paul charter school is getting kids in the door by offering them the keys to its recording studio. A lot of the kids who go to High School for Recording Arts were failing in regular schools – if they went at all. But they show up for their urban music class at this school because instead of writing essays about homelessness or teen pregnancy, they get to create hip hop songs. Students believe they have something to say about what it’s like to grow up in the city. And they hope if they say it with music, someone will listen.
Students at the High School for Recording Arts plan to record a CD of their songs which will be featured on a soundtrack to a documentary on teen homelessness. For more information, visit the HSRA website.