Girls on the Mic cultivates the next generation of women recording artists and engineers by providing girls, ages 8-18, with women mentors and sound recording technology to facilitate small-scale recording projects that mirror professional activities. WAM works with Bay Area Middle Schools and community organizations to bring 6-18 weeks of music and technology-based curriculum to over 650 girls a year.
WAM currently partners with Thomas Edison Charter Academy, Citizens Schools (United for Success - Oakland, Cesar Chavez Academy - East Palo Alto, Lionel Wilson Prep. Academy-Oakland), Buena Vista Horace Mann Middle School, Everett Middle School - Beacon Program, Aim High, Streetside Stories/Samoan Community Development Center, Girls, Inc, Tech Bridge and a rapidly growing list of new partners. We use a specific skill and learning outcomes model and work to integrate our training with the fundamental skills being taught at each partnering school or organization for maximum educational achievement.
Girls on the Mic classes are held at the WAM facility or at the partnering organization's facility year round and are FREE to participants. Classes are scheduled directly with partnering schools or organizations.
Girls on the Mic is excited to host a workshop with TechBridge, an inspring after school program that focuses on expanding the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering, this November.
For this project, WAM engineer and Girls on the Mic coordinator Kelley Coyne will host a Q and A session for the girls on the topic of sound engineering, and then lead analog and digital recording stations.
The Girls on the Mic staff is excited to announce a new partnership with Thurgood Marshall High School this fall. Girls from the school will visit the WAM studio in December to:
· Learn how to set up microphones and headphones for a recording session
· Learn how the sound travels from a microphone to a recording program
For the fall semester, Girls on the Mic will be partnering with Buena Vista Horace Mann for their Middle School Seminar Series. Each week for 10 weeks, Girls on the Mic staff will bring WAM equipment to BVHM for girls to create their own podcasts, recreate dialogue and foley sound for a cartoon clip, write and produce their own songs on a 4 track recorder, and more. We will also use the middle schools' live sound set up this year to learn about doing sound for theatre and live music on a professional PA system. At the end of our partnership, the girls will take on the role of production crew for a talent showcase at their school!