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Student Achievement Grant Winter 2016
City-As-School- Maria Krajewski
Vinyl Record Project
Listen to the songs here: https://soundcloud.com/madacademy
This project was one of my most expansive and interesting! A large group of students and mentors recorded a large number of songs over the past 12 months and the 12 best songs were compiled onto the vinyl record that is currently being pressed.
Our measurable goals were to increase student achievement and engagement through a student-initiated and student-centered project in music production and performance (a field of their interest) based on the National Art Standards and NYC Blueprint Standards for music education. Through a professional, product-oriented, inquiry design process (which supports development of digital literacy skills, musicianship, problem-solving and critical thinking), we will create an original album of music. We achieved these goals as measured by completion of the album and the pressing of the vinyl record. Student achievement as measured by attendance, work completion and submission and overall passing rate were within MAD Academy than the school overall. This is due to students feeling deeply connected to their
MAD Academy (Music, Art, Design Academy) was created to fill the need at CAS to provide high-level arts education to our students. MAD Academy is a pre-professional training initiative that was developed as a collaboration between students, teachers and mentors to fill the need of providing students direct training in design, arts, and music under the guidance of NYC’s top creative industry professionals. CAS students want a space to be able to create their own work while being exposed to the newest trends and technologies. They want to build a community for themselves as artists and then link to NYC’s leading creative thinkers. They are all incredibly passionate and talented students who have previously not been given the support to pursue their dreams. Throughout the NEA funded project students engaged in an entirely student-driven, experiential, project-based curriculum that mimics a foundation year in art and design school. Students work on developing their professional body of work under the mentorship of NYC's creatives while preparing professional portfolios of work for college and career pathways. MAD Academy is a leader in promoting experiential education to other schools and students as an innovative way to enhance student leadership, achievement and well-being. Additionally, MAD Academy is comprehensive in intentionally and actively supporting all the academic, social-emotional, creative and wellness needs of the students. Our students learned that self-expression is an important form of self-care and wellness. MAD Academy also developed projects that integrate arts and social justice. CAS students are very concerned with issues in the world and their lives and it is natural for that to be reflected in their work. It is also important that they experience leveraging their skills and talents for social good and change. Through their work with the Denim Day project and writing other songs about issues of importance to them, they learned to speak out and use their craft to affect change in the world.
This project resulted not only in increased student achievement and engagement but also increased mentorship and internship opportunities (which are crucial to our school) and high-level musicianship and performance that created amazing music. The most successful aspects of the program were...everything?! It was amazing to have funds available for studio time which allowed students the opportunity to be the center of focus and explore their musical abilities. The grant also generated in-kind donations, increased funding and performance opportunities. The project as extended to our school community through various in and out of school performances and the sharing of the songs through social media. We have also created a sister program with New York University to include students from other New York City public high schools. This grant and project helped give purpose and structure to an emerging music program at City-As-School. Since we are an experiential learning model school this project allowed our students to truly experience real-world project management and music recording in a way few other schools can achieve. Because they earn academic credit, my co-teachers and I shaped projects around it in various content such as science, economics, ELA and history. (Please see supplemental materials for descriptions.) I have discussed this grant and the project with my school during faculty professional development and encouraged several teachers specifically to apply for this amazing grant!
Expended by NEA Grant
Recording studio time including songwriting sessions, recording and rough mixing
-Gravesend Recording Studio
-Butcha Sound Studio
-City-As-School workshop budget
-NYCDOE Arts and Special Projects grant
-Donated studio time and enginnering by NYU, Butcha Sound
Engineering, mentoring and mixing by Ben Julia, Nick Hakim and Vishal Nayak
Black Lodge Recording
Mixing of vinyl tracks
Phil Moffa of Butch Sound Studio
-NYCDOE Arts and Special Projects grant
Pressing of vinyl record, 1000 copies
Gotta Groove Records http://www.gottagrooverecords.com/
$2400 for additional copies paid for by NYU
Vinyl Project MAD Academy- Mentors, Teaching Artists and Collaborators