WHAT WE DO

WAV (We Amplify Voices) partners middle school students with professional music producers to create radio-ready songs. Students write the lyrics for the song and guide its artistic direction. The producers collaborate with the students in order to synthesize these ideas into a professionally produced song that is broadcast on local radio and online.

Our Roots

Formerly The Dick & Jane Project, WAV’s mission is to empower students through songwriting. Founded as an after-school music education program by Columbus-based charter school administrator Ben Shinaberry in 2011, WAV has since provided programming in over 25 Franklin County schools, serving between 80-150 elementary and middle school students annually.

The Process

Professional local musicians, who serve as program instructors, receive training from WAV staff, and then lead students through a ten-session group process, that includes producing a radio quality song and music video.

 

WAV sessions focus on building self-esteem, character, and collaboration skills aligned to Social Emotional Learning strategies. Through interactive activities, small group discussions, meditation and mindfulness exercises and music, students get to know themselves and develop: respect for themselves and others; awareness of self and emotions; self-regulation skills; critical thinking and problem solving.

FIND WHAT INSPIRES

Our writing workshop starts with a simple question. What speaks to you? Our producer gauges students’ musical tastes, and we create a playlist of our favorite songs. 

FIND WHAT INSPIRES.

 

Our writing workshop starts with a simple question. What speaks to you? Our producer gauges students’ musical tastes, and we create a playlist of our favorite songs. 

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SET A TONE.

 

We listen to our curated playlist, gain inspiration,and become music critics as we select our song’s tone. 

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PULL OUT A THEME.

 

Students discuss their individual experiences with our chosen theme. We start to hone in on the message of their song.

PUT PEN TO PAPER.

 

We structure their song and work line by line to tell a musical story. We discuss vocal options and select musicians from our professional talent pool.

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EDIT THE DEMO.

Our producer makes a demo, and students weigh in. Here, the song comes to life as we get real-time feedback and make final edits. 

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STEP INTO

THE STUDIO

 

Students spend a day with local musicians at Groove U Music Career College. Vocalists and instrumentalists record. Students give real-time feedback, and the final mix begins. A true collaboration is born. The original song airs on WCBE and all major music platforms. 

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Get in Touch

We Amplify Voices

421 W State St, Columbus, OH 43215

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Travis Hoewischer Director of Development 

Travis@weamplifyvoices.org 614.638.0766

 

Nick D'Andrea Executive Director 

Nick@weamplifyvoices.org 614.499.6596