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Music camp taps GarageBand tricks

Layering influences from reggae, hip-hop, rock, and R& B to create her unique sound, Rihanna is one of the world’s most recognized and successful pop stars. Dubbed the “Digital Download Queen,” she is the best-selling digital artist of all-time and was the first artist to ever sell more than 100 million digital singles.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | August 16, 2017

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COCA Spotlight: Barbara Wiggins “Quilter’s jewel tones make a splash at show”

When asked to translate “A Sentimental Journey,” into a quilt, Barbara Wiggins was brought back to the roadsides of Texas. Driving home to her ranch, her eyes took in the rainbow of wildflowers — bluebells, Indian paintbrushes, thistle, blue bonnets — all in full bloom every spring...

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Lafayette camp is a catalyst for creativity

Flour, baking powder, salt, and water may sound like necessary ingredients for homemade bread but at the Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center summer camp it’s a recipe for puffy paint.

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COCA Spotlight: Eliza Schneider-Green “Band testing chops with Lab Sessions at Bird’s”

As a self-described impatient artist and musician, Eliza Schneider-Green thrives in the Florida heat.

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Young Actors Theatre Campers Explore Film Production

It was announced just a few weeks ago that homegrown actor Tony Hale had been nominated for a fifth Emmy Award.

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COCA Spotlight: Dr. Michael Bakan “Through music, FSU professor escapes to Brazil”

Music sits somewhere within the realms of escape and transcendence for Dr. Michael Bakan, a professor of ethnomusicology at Florida State University.

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Nearly 300 young musicians march at FAMU’s band camp

Drawn by a long tradition of innovation and a history of acclaim, nearly 300 young musicians participated in the 2017 Florida A& M University band camp.