By Kelvin Reynolds| September 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM CDT - Updated June 15 at 6:37 PM
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)
By Kelvin Reynolds
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Music rehearsals have more meaning at Stillman College these days. Last week, the school signed an agreement with the Motown Alumni Association. It calls for Stillman to recieve a $10-million grant over 36 months.
The news excited students. "I think it's awesome. The fact nothing like this has ever happened before dhows the forward movement and the belief from the older generation in the younger generation," said a student, Nakeshia Hill.
Here's what Stillman gets. They'll develop a 28-song double CD that pairs Stillman students with writers, producers, engineers, and artists from Motown.
In exchange, Stillman will help produce an anthology of textbooks that shows many facets of the Motown legacy. Also a part of the agreemtent is a recording contract for select students who succcessfully complete the music program that leads to a bachelor's degree.
Dr. Gregory McPerson, a professional composer and current director of the Stillman Jazz Consortium, said, "We'll have them coming here periodically to do master classes and seminars and also engage in the recording process."