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Published October 25, 2012, 09:16 PM

A new club at NDSU brings students together to perform and write songs

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- These days, prime-time TV is filled with music contests and musical dramas, and that influence is starting to show in young people.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- These days, prime-time TV is filled with music contests and musical dramas, and that influence is starting to show in young people.

One new club at NDSU brings students together to write and perform their own, original songs.

Emily Black has been writing songs since she was twelve years old.

Emily: "I have a couple Cds, and my music was published in some books, and I wrote some music for audiobooks. That was really where I got my start was end of Jr. High beginning of High School, I really got into it and from then on it was basically just something I committed my life to."

When she started school at NDSU, Emily and other students also interested in writing started playing showcases together.

Now, that has grown into an official campus club: the NDSU Songwriters' Guild.

For some, it's a hobby. For others, it's something more.

Jordan Thornberg: "Ideally, it would be a career path. I know it's kind of a winner-take-all market in the music business nowadays. But, I mean, if you have the right connections or just have a chance sometimes, who knows?"

With about fifty on-and-off members, it's been a successful first year.

Some of that could be the result of a surge in musical pop culture drawing in more young people.

Shows with music at their core dominate the prime-time TV lineup. The Voice, The X Factor, Glee, even the new TV drama Nashville all feature musical moments.

Emily: "The more exposed you are to music, especially at a young age, the more inclined you are to want to be a part of it."

The guild has a showcase planned for November sixth at the Beckwith Recital Hall on NDSU's campus.

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