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Make a Joyful Noize

Chapter One: We Got That

Lesson One: Community, Context, and Culture

What is your personal definition of culture, and where do you find joy in your life?

Your Assignment

  1. Watch the video in which Soul Science Lab explores what “culture” means to them as individuals and a group.
  2. Note where Chen and Asante bring up specific parts of their lives that help to define their culture (for example, food, music, stories, clothing).
  3. Create your own brainstormed list of all the ways that you think about culture in your life.
    • Talk to your family and friends to make sure you have explored all the possibilities.
    • Be sure to write down the words or phrases that represent the different parts of your culture.

Explore Other Parts of Make a Joyful Noize

Introduction: Joy in the Artist’s Calling

In this introductory video, Chen and Asante ask you to create your own artistic mission statement as a way of kickstarting your creative process.

Chapter One: We Got That | Lesson Two: Finding the Heartbeat

Listen deeply to your favorite music and define a musical “heartbeat” that you can use as a seed for your own piece of music.

Chapter One: We Got That | Lesson Three: For the Culture

Create a lyrical hook that expresses your artistic mission statement in music.

Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson One: The Art of Collaboration

Chen and Asante introduce the qualities of strong collaborations and ask you to think about your favorite examples of two artists working together to create music.

Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson Two: Reimagine and Remix!

Chen and Asante share some of the musical elements of the song “Free Ya Mind,” and ask you to create your own remix of the song using the stems from the recording session.

Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson Three: Flip the Script

How would you create your own original backing track to support the first vocal verse of “Free Ya Mind?”

Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson One: The Mission and Rhythm

Chen and Asante demonstrate how to create a song around the ideas and images expressed in a personal artistic mission statement.

Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson Two: A Soundtrack for Victory

Build the musical accompaniment for the new hook that you created out of your mission statement.

Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson Three: Make a Joyful Noize

Chen and Asante demonstrate how to tell a compelling story through song verses and show you how to shape your new song into a finished artistic statement.

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