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Dick & Jane Project, The

Artist's Narrative

 Dick & Jane Project, The The Dick & Jane Project is an assemblage of experienced producers, songwriters, and musicians who partner with middle school students to create radio ready songs. They are musically proficient individuals (producer, songwriter, vocalist, musician) that are excited to use their experience, talents, and knowledge to bring the musical vision of a young person to life with a song that is “radio ready”, meaning that the performances, recording, and production are of high quality.

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From the 2012 TedX Columbus:


Upon request.
This program is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

The Dick & Jane Project Inspirational Talk (Grade levels 3-9)
Have you ever listened to a pop song on the radio and thought, “My students could write better lyrics than this.” Three years ago The Dick & Jane Project Executive Director Ben Shinabery thought just that, and since then he has partnered over 250 students with 34 Columbus musicians and producers to create 40 songs, all played on the radio.

In this 45 minute presentation, Ben proposes the idea that lyrics written by middle school students are more powerful than those written by professionals. Using current radio chart toppers as the catalyst, Ben presents an enthusiastic and compelling argument that songs co-produced by middle school students are the next new genre of music.
Activity Options:
The Dick & Jane Project Inspirational Talk
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Fees: $250/ $50 each addt'l
  • Requirements: 50 students max.

The Dick & Jane Project In-School Song Production Workshop (Grade levels 5-9)
Students are partnered with professional music producers to create songs.  Students focus primarily on the lyrics of the song and give musical direction to the producers who assemble a team of musicians to record the song.  Workshops span a total of three weeks, including eight in-class workdays lasting one hour per day, plus out-of-class time via The Project’s state-of-the-art online application, DJP Labs.  Musicians professionally record the song during the months following a workshop while maintaining contact with the students. The culmination of each workshop is the release of the song on the radio.  Included with every Song Production Workshop is the Dick & Jane Inspirational talk.
Activity Options:
The Dick & Jane Project In-School Song Production Workshop
  • Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour per day
  • Fees: $1,500 per song
  • Requirements: Planning for an in-school song production workshop must begin several months in advance of the first day of the workshop. There is a maximum of four student participants per song.