County College of Morris (CCM) music recording students recently assisted Girl Scout troop 605 of Mount Olive with recording a new single, “I’m Cool Too.” The project’s objective was to show young girls that they can be what they wish to be no matter what the media portrays.
“Our troop took on a recording project because they wanted to help change the perception of young girls in the media today,” says Catherine Parrillo, Girl Scout Troop 605 leader. “The girls changed the lyrics from Cee Lo Green’s song, ‘Forget You’,” adds Parrillo, who also serves as coordinator of Youth Programs at CCM.
After the Scouts revised the lyrics, they worked with CCM students to record the song in the college’s recording studio and make it into a real-life production.
“The girls participated in hands-on live recording techniques using our recording equipment,” says Todd Collins, associate professor of music. “The Girls Scouts came into a Recording 2 class and recorded their voices to karaoke tracks as an in-class project. The CCM students did an excellent job showing the girls how the production of a song comes together.”
The Scouts and college students found the opportunity to be mutually beneficial. CCM students shared their knowledge and experiences with the girls and the girls learned about recording and music production.
With a finished product, the girls now plan to take their newly produced song and present it to some of the elementary school students in Mount Olive, as well as provide it to guidance counselors to share with young students.
To learn more about the Music Recording program offered at CCM, visit http://www.ccm.edu/academics/degrees/musicrecord.aspx
.Photo: County College of Morris recording students and members of Mount Olive Girl Scout troop 605 work together to create, “I’m Cool Too,” a song to show girls they can be who they want to be.
Credit: Catherine Parrillo and Bill SanFilippo