meet the creators of jack's big music show

An interview with the creative musical minds behind the show!

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Recently Nick Jr. spoke with David Rudman, Todd Hannert, and Adam Rudman, the creators of Jack's Big Music Show. Here's what they had to say about the new show on Nick Jr. and about teaching young children about music.
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What's the mission of Jack's Big Music Show?

We want to get kids (and adults) watching the show to have a blast while dancing, singing, and moving along with Jack and the gang--all the while being introduced to different styles of music, instruments, rhythm patterns, and simple songs. We really want to help foster an appreciation and love for music.
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Tell us about making each episode. What's the process like?

We sit around and come up with silly, funny ideas that make us laugh. From there we write the scripts, storyboard each scene, write and pre-record the music, build any additional props and set pieces, design and build any new characters appearing in the episode, and then we shoot it. It usually takes two days to shoot one episode of Jack's Big Music Show. Then we spend many days editing all the scenes together, add all the extra music and sound effects, and VOILA! We have a show!
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How did you come up with the ideas for the puppet characters?

Well, the whole show was inspired by old radio and TV programs that we love. In particular, The Jack Benny Show and The Little Rascals.
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How are the puppets made?

It usually starts with a rough sketch in which we work to capture the essence of the personality of the character. Then we get it to one of our amazing puppet builders, who builds it from our drawings.
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What's it like working with so many great musical guests?

It's a dream for us to get to work with all these great musicians whom we admire so much. And as for Jack, Mary, and Mel, they love jamming with the musicians.
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Do any of you play musical instruments?

We can all play a little bit. David took guitar lessons when he was a kid, but he only took three lessons. Now he wishes he had kept taking them.
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Did your parents encourage your interest in music when you were kids?

There was always music around our houses in different styles, from opera to rock and roll. It really fostered an introduction and appreciation of music in us. Music is so important to be familiar with because it can be an inspiration to all sorts of things in life.
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Is music a part of your households? How?

Oh, yes. Because we're all music lovers, it's around in many ways, from singing silly songs together to making music with bowls and spoons.
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How does being a dad inform the work you do on the show?

Like all parents, a lot of things our children do and say are so funny and crack us up. We are lucky enough to use many of these moments as jumping-off points for shows.
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Any advice for parents on ways to make music a bigger part of their children's lives?

The most important thing is probably to have a wide range of music around. It's like reading in that if there are lots of books around the house, eventually kids will enjoy reading. And it's the same with music--creating the opportunity to enjoy it.
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