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City of Mill Valley Recreation Department Showcases its New Digital Lab
Posted Date: 4/30/2014

Digi Lab 1Come check out the new Digi Lab at the Community Meeting - Thursday, May 1, 6:00 pm. Recreation staff will be on-hand to showcase this new community resource.

The Mill Community Center’s new Digital Lab (or Digi Lab for short) is located on the 2nd floor of the Mill Valley Community Center and features a custom-designed creative space available for private and semi-private music lessons, music practice and music-based projects and recording. The Digi Lab is outfitted with state of the art music equipment, technology and software in an incredibly cool and inspirational environment.

The Digi Lab is designed to be a resource for all members of the greater Mill Valley community. A minimum age of 6 has been established for private lessons and access to the Digi Lab. Individuals seeking to use the Digi Lab equipment must be able to confirm that they are familiar and know how to use the various tools that are available.

Individuals can take advantage of the many assets that are available in the Digi Lab in a number of ways:

  • Private and semi-private music lessons provided by a growing roster of outstanding instructors are conducted in the Digi Lab. Private lessons for guitar, bass, piano, vocals, violin and many other popular instruments are available.
  • Students can book the Digi Lab for private practice for $10.00 per hour.
  • If you are an artist working on an audio project or recording you can also book the Digi Lab on an hourly basis for $20 for an individual and $30 for a small group of up to 3 individuals.

The Digi Lab is available for booking during the Community Center’s regular hours, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend access to the Digi Lab is available via advance booking arrangements (see below for contact info). Room availability is subject to the scheduling of private lessons and other project related bookings. 

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Mill Valley has a rich musical history and many local and neighboring residents enjoy the numerous benefits that music and music education provide. There exists a tremendous local demand for high quality music education opportunities that cannot be met through the existing local resources. The Digi Lab is at the heart of the Mill Valley Recreation Department’s new Rock @ the Rec music program. This exciting program, launched in January of 2014, provides private and semi-private music lessons, group classes and music based camps to residents and non residents of all ages, skill level or economic capacity. The Digi Lab was specifically created to provide a publicly available space for outstanding music education, exploring and working on creative projects and recording.

The Digi Lab was conceived of by the Mill Valley Recreation Department for the Community Center's "Radio Room." This space had been a designated audio space during the time of construction, but became a storage closet in the absence of funding for a proper build out of the space. Initial funding was provided by the Mill Valley City Council in the form of the Arts Program Coordinator position which was created in 2013. Kevin Marlatt assumed this role as Arts Program Coordinator in fall of 2013. Kevin, who previously served as Executive Director of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, used his professional expertise in the implementation of the Digital Lab space. Working together, Recreation staff (the Director of Recreation Jenny Rogers, Facilities Supervisor Seth Allingham, and Arts Coordinator Kevin Marlatt), local event producers, Murphy Productions, and the Mill Valley Rotary Club, presented a fundraising New Year's Eve Concert with proceeds going to the new Digi Lab. These additional funds donated to the City by the Mill Valley Rotary Club allowed the Recreation Department to purchase the music lab’s dedicated computer. Other equipment and instruments were donated by local residents and Community Center patrons. 

All requests for further information regarding the Digi Lab including equipment, instruments, setup and private lesson and room bookings should be directed to Arts Program Coordinator, Kevin Marlatt at kmarlatt@cityofmillvalley.org

Many thanks to all that made the Digi Lab possible, and we hope to see you Thursday night!