A transition from toys to tools.
Teens learn that success with technology can lead to proper use for their future.
What usually comes to mind when you combine teens and technology like a game console, computer or cell phone? Most of us think of texting, instant access to friends, videos, photo sharing, or games etc. But what happens when that access becomes excessive, wasteful or even harmful? These great tools can become the source of distraction, disengagement with life and others, and even painful addictions. At Discovery Ranch we have designed a program that can help teens associate useful, productive success with technology, while learning how to balance the use of technology with the rest of their lives. Our Music program utilizes the latest professional level technology for music production. Our mission with this program is to provide experiences for our students where they can create new associations with technology, provide therapeutic opportunities for growth and progress, find success and enjoyment in the process and more importantly…how to regulate it and turn it off! You could call this process a transition from toys to tools!
Music has a powerful effect on the teen brain
Music has long proven its powerful effects on human behavior. It can bring people together on a common ground and it has the power to inspire the heart and mind to greater achievement. Combining the positive effects that can come from creative success and competency in a new skill, teens learn quickly and, we hope walk out of each class with a smile and a determination to apply that energy to their goals and progress at the ranch.
Professional tools challenge the students to produce only their best.
We take our students potential seriously and know that the best results require the best tools. Apple’s Logic Pro X software and the latest hardware offer our students as broad an exposure to every tool available along with the depth to produce their music and have it sound great! In-depth tools focus in on composing, recording, sound design, audio editing, MIDI editing, mixing and automation, music notation, file management and exchange, live instrument recording and so many more resources. But, don’t worry if this sounds overwhelming or difficult, it is not! The power of this tool is also the ease of use as many of our students are creating songs and recording tracks their first time in our on campus studio!
Our tri-weekly program combines frequency with experienced instructors for a successful outcome.
As with any great program, the right instructors and how often they meet is a key ingredient for successful outcomes. With over 15 years of professional recording experience, and years working with teens in a residential setting our head instructor for the program, Thomas Holmes, brings out the best in each student and works closely with each therapist to accomplish goals and desired outcomes.
This same level of expertise and experience can be observed during Guitar and Bass lessons with the instructor and students.
Powerful insight can happen magically in the moment and these experiences can facilitate the perfect opportunity for therapeutic progress, understanding and expression. And so it is with all of our “experiential” activities we do on campus our main underlying goal still remains the growth and successful maturity of our students.
Not just for the musically inclined, this experience was designed with therapy in mind.
Of course, the lucky adults out there who are busy making a living doing what they love started somewhere, right? Most of the time that “start” begins with having fun with something, like a computer, game console, reading books or a hobby in a garage and builds upon that enjoyment until your skills can be applied for a job or creative endeavor.
But, often we are introduced to something from a friend, teacher or mentor that can lead to a set of skills that help us grow and mature into adults with tools that ensure our success in life. We do not expect our students to earn their future living as musicians. We are using music and technology as a tool to broaden their skill set, increase their self confidence and help with their self expression.
Come join us at Discovery Ranch and discover the power of experiential therapy. Invest in your son’s future success and happiness.