When Tiffany Miranda started out as a recording artist, she looked around the studio and quickly noticed she was in the midst of a male-dominated industry. "Women are known to be vocalists or songwriters, but they rarely are in the position of creative control of a producer or engineer," she notes.
Miranda sought to break through the glass ceiling and studied to become a music producer and audio engineer. She found great success working with local music titans like Rick Ross and DJ Khaled but still felt like an extreme minority. "People would mistake me for the intern or the coffee girl."
There were very few female mentors that Miranda could look to for advice or inspiration. "Alicia Keys produces her own music, but people look at her more as an artist," she explains. "Missy Elliott is kind of the only female music producer I could look up to in the industry and who had a huge impact on me."
Miranda decided enough was enough and founded the nonprofit organization Girls Make Beats
Over the last few years around Miami-Dade and Broward libraries and schools, Girls Make Beats has taught girls ages 8 and up how to work behind the scenes in the music industry. From June 13 to 17, Miranda will be teaching girls ages 8 through 12 in a weeklong class at Ali Cultural Arts in Pompano Beach.
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The class, which will meet every night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $100, is an intensive one-week workshop that
Miranda is excited to have another woman professional on board for the program. "Mariela
She states simply, "Our mission is to empower young girls." And to make dope beats, too.