The Sound Beat Class Partnership

Each semester, students in various programs at Syracuse University take part  in The Sound Beat Class Partnership. The classes follow different aspects of our script production process: selecting recordings, planning a programming schedule, researching, writing and editing. The students make selections from a pool of Belfer Audio Archive recordings and compile information with the help of Librarians Rachel Fox von Swearingen and Patrick Williams. From there students write longer form pieces on a particular aspect of the recording, before editing their work to arrive at Sound Beat-sized scripts. The best of these are made into living, breathing Sound Beat episodes, for which the students get a publishing credit and hear their words broadcast across North America, the Philippines, New Zealand, and virtually anywhere via internet.

We couldn’t have done any of it without the work of Rachel Fox von Swearingen, librarian for Music, Dance and Musical Theater, and Patrick Williams librarian for, (are you ready?) American Literature, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric, Drama, English/Textual Studies, Linguistics, Writing Program, (Acting) Philosophy, Research, Collections & Scholarly Communication. (Phew.)  Check out this amazing research guide they’ve compiled, and listen to some examples below.

Your Cheatin’ Heart – Alexis Lisser

The Hammer Song – Kelsey Francella

Dark Was the NightMaggie Cregan

Istanbul, Not Constantinople – Andrew Frasier