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Teams of artists, including theater artists, sound engineers, writers, oral historians, folklorists, sound artists, musicians, visual artists, dancers, voice coaches, and radio producers work with students in all of our educational programs. At the end of each project, students receive CDs of their finished audio work. Jack Straw’s education staff has extensive experience working with students of all ages, as well as with special populations such as at-risk youth in alternative high schools, with blind and visually impaired youth, and with students of limited English proficiency.


Creative Sound Recording
Students experiment with recording a variety of sounds, using them to create their own original sound art pieces. This workshop includes an introduction to the physics of sound.

Radio Documentaries
Students gather material about various themes by collecting and recording interviews, conducting research and field recording, and writing pieces. Students then compile, edit, and produce their recordings into radio features.

Radio Theater (based on Creative Writing or Oral History Interviews)
Students write scripts, choose parts, rehearse, perform, and record radio dramas, including sound effects and music, which help illustrate the images, feelings, and setting of their pieces.

Poetry & Sound
Students create original poetry journals, and choose poems to record, and enhance them by integrating collected and created sounds.

Ethnomusicology
Students learn about the cultural context of traditional forms of world music, dance, visual art, holidays, and cultural events within different ethnic communities. Students are trained in the interviewing process, which they use during interviews with traditional artists. Students have the opportunity to attend performances, either at school or in a performance hall.

Music Appreciation, Composition, and Recording
Music workshops can be a series of presentations and performances by professional musicians of many different genres. Students will have the opportunity to interview the musicians, hear their music performed, and even play some of their instruments! Student musicians/composers may also record either their own compositions, or pieces by visiting musicians. Students may also produce short radio programs about their compositions, acting as musician, producer and announcer!

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
Jack Straw’s professional recording engineers can assist with community or school productions through recordings or sound production.

INTERNSHIPS
Students are trained in basic audio production by Jack Straw engineers. Interns then assist in school audio projects, Jack Straw Audio Club, and professional recording sessions.

DURATION AND COSTS
Programs at schools and at JSP vary in length from one hour to long-term, ongoing projects. Jack Straw provides state-of-the-art audio recording equipment in our studios and control rooms, as well as field recording kits to be used outside of Jack Straw’s facilities. Jack Straw’s artists will work with school equipment when available. The cost for our program is flexible and is based on the length and complexity of the particular program.
We welcome your questions and /or proposals for new and different educational programs! Please contact education@jackstraw.org phone (206) 634-0919.


"What a privilege to be involved with such a powerful learning project. It captivated student interest and motivated student learning in the arts, social studies, and communication." – 5th grade teacher

"That was the coolest thing I’ve done at school yet! I think that all the students at our school should get the chance to experience that!" – 12th grade student

"Students were encouraged to be creative, to monitor their thinking, to integrate language and literacy, to use technology, and be responsible for their own learning. Not always is there an opportunity to incorporate these characteristics in one project. Jack Straw Productions provided that opportunity for us." – Junior high school principal