MetroSonics Concepts was founded and is directed by musician and educator Paul Josephs.  Josephs has been conducting music classes in the New York school system for over 13 years.   In 2001, Josephs developed Metro Sonics Concepts flag-ship program, Music Production & Song Writing, and has been teaching this class to middle, high school and college level students ever since. 

In these Music Production workshops Josephs guides students through the process of producing a song from beginning to end.   Students ‘sample’ sounds from the classroom, neighborhood or school building and make a ‘beat’ with those sounds.  The students then write lyrics and record their voices, while at the same time they produce the song by adding melodic instruments and other instrument-based samples.  The program culminates with students receiving a professionally mixed and mastered track of their original work.  

Over the years Josephs has brought this program to schools throughout New York City by working with many of the top arts providers in the New York area including Good Shepherd Services, the Leadership Program, Community Works, Arts Horizons and Safari East. 

Running concurrently with his career as an educator, Josephs has been a professional musician since the age of 16.  He has released two albums for which he composed, arranged, produced and performed all the music through his own label, Grey Wing Records.  He has brought his music to Germany, The Netherlands, France, Lebanon, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, England, Switzerland and Cuba and has toured, performed or recorded with artists such as Beyonce, Pharoahe Monch, The Roots, Citizen Cope, Julio Iglesias, Maceo Parker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Jones, Idris Muhammed, Immortal Technique and more.   You can hear his music at www.pauljosephs.com.

In addition to Josephs' activity in music and education he has studied and practiced the Chinese martial art of Tai-Chi Chuan, and the related arts of Chi-Kung, Nei-Kung and meditation for over 13 years, with the recently deceased C.K. Chu.  For 10 of those years he taught Tai-Chi, Chi-Kung and Nei-Kung both at the Chu Tai-Chi Chuan Center in Times Square and at schools throughout the five boroughs.

The focus is for students to listen to their inner voice and write about things that are true to their life experience as opposed to mimicking what they are hearing and seeing on YouTube or the radio. We take them from being consumers to producers, using their life stories and self-expression as the means to create beautiful art.

— Paul Josephs, Metro Sonics Concepts Founder and head teacher, on his Music Production and Song Writing Class

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“Hip hop to me is art. Make sure it comes from your heart”
— Student lyrics from P.S. 32, Metrosonics Concepts Hip Hop Production class with Good Shephard Services