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Case Western Reserve, CIM, CIA Students Plan to Get Creative on Lennon Bus

Campus Community Can Take Educational Tour, Play Beatles Rockband

Dozens of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) students will have a unique opportunity to put what they are learning in the classroom to the test on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23.

A pre-selected group will have an opportunity to create studio-quality music, videos and photography when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls onto campus for a two-day stay in front of the Silver Spartan Diner.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a nonprofit, state-of-the-art mobile recording studio dedicated to providing thousands of students with free, hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects spanning numerous genres. The Bus is currently scheduled to make only a few stops in the Midwest. The Case Western Reserve/CIM/CIA session is the only campus stop in Ohio.

Students and faculty representing several creative disciplines will essentially write and arrange an original song/and or video in one day with the help of the Lennon Bus engineers. The Bus is set up to demonstrate the importance of hands-on creativity as an integral part of the learning process.

As part of the tour, Apple Pro-Application (Final Cut Studio, Logic, Aperture) expert Dan Senstock will host a discussion and demonstration on the state of the creative economy from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 23, in Harkness Chapel.

In addition to the learning experience for the pre-selected students, all students, faculty and staff from the three institutions can learn about the history of the Lennon Bus and the production studio. The campus communities are invited to take 20-minute tours between 12:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23. People also are invited to stop by the Lennon Bus tents Oct. 22 and 23 to have some fun playing Beatles Rockband, the genre-defining game that lets users take to the stage, rise to fame and become rock legends.

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For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.


“This is precisely the kind of project John Lennon would have loved.”

- Yoko Ono Lennon

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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.