DUBLIN, Ohio (May 29, 2018) - In June students at GROOVE U’s two-year music industry career program will be seen on stage and off performing, managing stages and running sound at the Columbus Arts Festival. The GROOVE U Emerging Talent stage, situated at the corner of Town Street and Civic Center Drive will highlight young emerging artists in the local Columbus area. Performers include GROOVE U students, alumni and top 10 finalists from GROOVE U’s annual Instaband, High School Battle of the Bands competition that took place in February.
Groove U. is known primarily as a school that trains people to enter the music industry, but the students at the Dublin institution are about to unveil a documentary.
“Homegrown: Becoming a Music City” was the capstone project for about a half-dozen students, said Austin Finley, a project co-leader.
On Saturday, April 28, Gateway Film Center will debut “Homegrown: Becoming a Music City,” a documentary created by students at Groove U, a two-year music-industry entrepreneurship school in Dublin. The film explores Columbus’ music scene through interviews with local industry professionals and artists, like Jared Mahone, The Floorwalkers and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, among many others.
Dublin, Ohio (April 28, 2018) - Over the past six months GROOVE U students have interviewed artists, venue owners, booking agents, audio engineers, and a wide array of industry professionals who call Columbus home. Their goal: to collaboratively tell the story about this DIY music city and those who make it both their home and a music destination.
By Joe Wright
TimesReporter.com Interactive Editor
DUBLIN – More than 250 people gathered at the sold out King Avenue 5 Feb. 23 to hear Ohio’s top 10 high school bands compete for the 2018 Instaband grand championship. But it was a one-man band that really made some noise.
An open letter to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 7, 2017) - With a two year, full-time course load, two externships, two trips to South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference, one student-run record label and countless community projects, GROOVE U’s 4th graduating class is well poised to launch their careers in the music industry.
There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to post-high school education: your traditional four-year university and shorter-term educational institutions that focus on a specific field or trade (ITT for example). One field of study that’s often debated is the music industry—not necessarily aspiring musicians, but sound techs, music venue operators, videomakers, and the like. The types of people that densely populate a STEM hub like Dayton, Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 6, 2017) - This weekend students at GROOVE U’s two-year music industry career program will be seen on stage and off performing, managing and running sound at the Columbus Arts Festival.
“To improve is to change. To perfect is to change often,” said GROOVE U’s Founder and Director, Dwight Heckelman quoting Winston Churchill to a full room of prospective students and community members Wednesday afternoon.
“So let’s be perfect.”
The band will be receiving a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, concert booking and gift card from D’Addario
GROOVE U welcomes and supports students and staff without regard to their immigration status.
"In The Record Store" will now be moving into GROOVE U’s internet broadcast studio where they will record their show and live performances with local artists.
When Dwight Heckelman left the Berklee College of Music in 2009 to open a music school in his native Ohio, he said, a number of people thought he was nuts.
Between acts on a stage at the recent Independents' Day festival, Dino Capoccia assembled drum sets, tuned instruments and checked microphones.
GROOVE U Music Career Program is proud to announce that it has achieved national, institution-level accreditation through the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a U.S. Department of Education recognized accreditor since 1956.
A huge thanks to In The Record Store for having our Director, Dwight Heckelman on their show!
The only time Ed Leonard had been in a recording studio before Wednesday was to record public-service announcements -- most likely about avoiding scams or improving a credit score.
Instaband is back! That’s right, GROOVE U is gearing up for its 4th annual Instaband competition — Central Ohio’s premier high school battle of the bands. Registration is now open online at www.instaband.org, and submissions will be accepted through Monday, December 7.
As many students start off college this year, their first class is likely not on how to get a job four or two years later. But for Dwight Heckelman, founder and director of Groove U, a music industry program located in Victorian Village, that’s his two-year-old school’s priority.