STEAM Learning With Audio
How do we prepare kids from a young age for their roles in designing the future? How can we promote media literacy, entrepreneurship, and leveraging new technology to tell our stories, make our voices heard, and make the world a better place? Let’s make audio!
Tools for recording and distributing professional quality audio are more affordable and accessible than ever, which means kids don’t have to wait until they’re adults to get hands-on experience. With the right tools and curriculum, schools and other learning centers have the opportunity to foster students’ creative musical thoughts, stories, and inventions in an audio maker space. Welcome to Just Add Beats, creative audio production camps and school programs for kids.
What can students create? Whatever they want, but they need a challenge. Here are some ideas:
Creative Audio Agencies: Teamwork in Action
Students work together in small groups, role-playing as Creative Audio Agencies competing to win Audio Design Challenges. This project-based teamwork, with client deadlines and expectations, simulates the real-world project workflow and communication necessary to be successful in any design field.
Just Add Beats is an Ideal Model for Arts Integration
“The goal of arts integration is to increase knowledge of a general subject area while concurrently fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the fine and performing arts.” – Kennedy Center
Tools: The Audio Workstation
Students learn how to use professional digital audio recording software and hardware to create their original audio works. Just Add Beats staff can permanently install equipment on campus as a dedicated audio maker space, or bring mobile workstations to class each week. Both options offer a powerful learning experience. Most school computers today can handle audio production software.
An audio professional visits the campus to teach the Just Add Beats audio production curriculum and guide students through the audio design challenges.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
The Houston Innovation Summit – How to Sound Your Best in Any Situation
Houston Arts Partners Conference – STEAM Learning Through Audio Recording
Texas STEAM Summit – Just Add Beats: STEAM Learning Through Audio Recording