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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.

1

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. 

4

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.

2

SET A TONE.

 

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

5

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. 

3

PULL OUT A THEME.

 

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

6

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

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.