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Winnipeg students recording songs for Folk Fest album

Some Winnipeg students are writing and recording original songs as part of a Winnipeg Folk Festival mentorship program.

Musical Mentors program connects youth with established musicians

Some Winnipeg students are writing and recording original songs as part of a Winnipeg Folk Festival mentorship program. The CBC's Sara Calnek talks to budding musicians from Elmwood High School as they record at Status4, a community recording studio. 1:24

Some Winnipeg students are writing and recording original songs as part of a Winnipeg Folk Festival mentorship program.

The Musical Mentors program is giving budding musicians from seven junior high and high schools an opportunity to learn about folk music, songwriting and production from established artists.

This spring's session features students from  Churchill High, Elmwood High, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Isaac Newton School, David Livingstone School, Hugh John McDonald School and General Wolfe School.

Each school is writing and recording an original song, with all songs to be compiled in an album that will be released later this year.

The CBC's Sara Calnek visited students from Elmwood High School on Wednesday as they recorded their song at Status4, a volunteer-operated studio founded by police officer Kevin Gibson.

The studio caters to young people in the Elmwood neighourbood and offers them a place to learn how to play a musical instrument and record original music.

Click on the video player above to see some of the young musicians at work.