Collin Vargas

Nashville School of the Arts Alumni

My friend introduced me to the Studio in May right after it opened. Before going to the Studio, I had never created a song before. I used to stay home and try to teach myself, but I’d always give up. When I got to the Studio, I was able to write a song, finish it and record it.

I went to a music production camp at the Main Studio NPL this summer and learned how to use software for production and also got to meet songwriting mentors to learn how to write music. It didn’t take me too long to learn the programs and software at the Studio. I feel like I learn a lot faster here because it meets my learning style. The one-on-one attention from mentors and the ability to sit down and learn things hands-on is really helpful. I don’t know what I’d do without Luke, Saran or “J.”

I want to help these kids find their voices and encourage more positivity in their music.

I recently graduated from Nashville School of the Arts and am going to start as a volunteer at the Studio this fall. So many kids come into the Studio to write and record music. I see what music can turn into today – there’s so much violence – and I want to change that. I want to help these kids find their voices and encourage more positivity in their music. I also know a bit about film and how to edit videos and will help students take an idea for a song, learn how to play it, record it and make a music video.

Studio NPL has so much to offer, from robotics and sewing to film, music and recording. It’s an amazing space to come to and express yourself, and I feel really comfortable here. I’ve learned how much I enjoy making music, writing, recording and singing – I even hope to own my own production company one day.