Digital Audio Production Studio 101
Where Technology Meets the Arts!
Blue Bear's Digital Audio Production Studio 101 program teaches grade 4-12 students to write, produce
and record their own original music by leveraging computer based music
instruction in conjunction with Garage Band and Pro Tools software.
The setup consists of Apple laptops, MIDI keyboards, drum machines, studio
microphones, audio interfaces, and other music technology and instruments. The
program has been designed so it can easily be delivered to remote sites. We take
the program into the neighborhoods directly to the kids.
Our curriculum centers on composition, rhythm, melody, critical listening,
computer competency, math, and literary arts. The unique non-genre specific
approach allows students to create music they love while fostering an
appreciation for self-motivated learning, creative arts, technology, and applied core curriculum.
Every kid gains self confidence in the program and leaves with a CD of their
original music. Digital Audio Production Studio 101 served 360 at-risk youth in 2011 via partnerships with community
centers and schools.
Current and past partner sites include:
- Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
- Glide Memorial Church After School Center
- Ida B. Wells Continuing Education High School
- International Studies Academy
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Friends of the Children
- Saint Josephs Family Center
- Real Options for City Kids
- Streetside Stories
- James Lick Middle School
- Starr King Elementary School
- Claire Lilienthal
Blue Bear is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,
and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.