Friday, April 4, 2014

Vol State Music from Gallatin to England

International Education is growing in ways we may have never expected, and tuneful ones at that.

The band Wabash is made up of Vol State students. They're cutting a CD in the Vol State recording studio and now, thanks to the Entertainment Media Production and International Education programs, they're trading video-taped recordings of songs with British bands. It's for for an international TV show that connects Gallatin college students to students in Exeter, England. The Vol State students, faculty and staff involved in the project set-up in the auditorium recently to tape a segment for the show.

"Exeter College faculty in England wanted to partner with us on this type of show," said Entertainment Media Production director, Steve Bishir. "We're sharing ideas for how to expand this in the future."

The TV shows is called "The Beat" and it's produced by students at Exeter. The Vol State students were taping segments of Wabash performing and being interviewed. Those cuts will be sent to England to be included as part of the show. Once it's done, "The Beat" will be seen on cable stations in Devon County, England and here in Middle Tennessee.

"We're doing two songs and students are doing it all," said Media Services director, Terry Heinen. They're shooting, directing and mixing it all, as well as playing."

And why Tennessee for a partner?

"Nashville means something in England, musically," said Bishir.

The experience is great for students, but it's also education for the faculty involved.

"We have found that we're ahead of our English counterparts in some areas of media curriculum and they're ahead of us in others," said Bishir. "It's a great chance for us to both grow."

The college radio stations at both schools will also be partnering in projects. The Exeter station wants Vol State music to play and our Vol State station, WVCP-FM, will play the local Devon bands.

The entire venture started with an International Education trip by former vice president of Academic Affairs, Bruce Scism. It shows that International Education is not just a matter of student trips overseas. It can be collaborations of all sorts, and involving many college programs. Those relationships take cultivation and the fruit of those labors is seen in projects like this one.

We'll have more info when "The Beat" airs here in Tennessee. And to our new British friends: we look forward to hearing your tunes!

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