Robb Janov

Second Place

Prize Awarded:
Jefferson Middle School
Albuquerque, NM

Project Description:

"Compose! Create! Collaborate!: Motivating Minds Through Music," the winning program developed by Janov, is designed to give hundreds of middle school students with a wide range of academic abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to utilize a state-of-art rehearsal and studio recording music lab. The students will have a chance to become recording engineers and composers as they rehearse and record together in a step-by-step studio production of their own music. The technologically advanced equipment that the school will get because of the grant will enable students to receive daily, in-depth instruction to improve instrumental, vocal, ensemble and sound engineering skills. The goal of the program is to build students' self confidence as well as their teamwork and problem solving abilities, all three essential to academic and personal success. According to Janov, who lives in Albuquerque, this program will also help to elevate the Rock & Rhythm Band program, the only one of its kind in New Mexico to a whole new level of academic effectiveness.