CCC students learn there’s a “Message in the Music”
CLARKSDALE– Do you really know what you’re listening to? That was the question Marc Fomby of FTC Prevention Services left Tigers to consider last week during the latest Coahoma Community College Counseling Services Workshop series, “Message in the Music”.

CCC students learn there’s a “Message in the Music”

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Mon May 4, 2015

CLARKSDALE – Do you really know what you’re listening to?

That was the question Marc Fomby of FTC Prevention Services left Tigers to consider last week during the latest Coahoma Community College Counseling Services Workshop series, “Message in the Music”.

Organized under the auspices of the Division of Enrollment and Student Services’ Counseling Center, the workshop provided tools to help students critically analyze various genres of music to detect subtle, or not-so-subtle, influences and suggestions that glorify and promote reckless, negative lifestyles, choices and decisions among today’s youth.

Fomby, CEO and founder of FTC Prevention Services of Pearl, MS, encouraged students to look beyond the catchy beat and truly consider the message and lyrical content as he examined the blatant and subliminal messages in the music that youth are exposed to daily.

“You have to listen to what’s between you ears,” Fomby told the students. “… a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

During the energetic, entertaining and empowering session, Fomby emphasized his point by comparing lyrical content of old school music with some of today’s hottest hits. He also engaged student in several interactive games, providing monetary gifts and t-shirts to the winners.

“This was a informative, fun, interactive and educational workshop that allowed the crowd to properly examine the lyrical content within various music genres such as hip hop, country-western, rock n’ roll, blues, heavy metal, pop and R&B/Soul,” said organizer Renee’ Sanford, CCC coordinator of counseling services. “The students enjoyed Fomby as he actively involved them in the process of deciphering and dissecting and listening to the often overlooked ‘message in the music’”.