“ONE OF THE MOST CURRICULUM-CONNECTED RESIDENCIES I’VE EXPERIENCED.”
~MS. THAYER, 5th GRADE TEACHER
All of my programs are geared toward grades K-8, though high school concerts can be arranged. My programs are flexible, depending on the needs of the school.
Maine curriculum standards state that the essential understanding that 5th grade students should take away from their Civil War studies is:
“The Civil War united a divided country.”
This concept is easily heard in the music of the time. Throughout the period of the Civil War, songs played an important role, both reflecting and informing attitudes toward slavery, economics, and other key issues of the war.
I offer multi- or single-day residencies, and concerts in which students learn about and sing the songs of the battlefield, the cotton fields, and the home front. A songwriting component may be added to engage the students on a more personal level while exercising language and writing skills.
Students gained a deeper understanding of the importance of music during the Civil War era. They heard how the songs might have sounded as the soldiers gathered around the campfire. They experienced writing variations to the songs based on their own experiences. They sang together! ~Mr. Sullivan, 5th grade teacher
“The freedom songs are the soul of the movement.”
In this workshop, students learn songs that inspired, motivated, and spurred on the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll learn about the impact that young people had on the movement. We’ll also look at the way “old” songs from the 1940’s labor movement and slave songs from the late 1800’s were embraced, changed, and given new life during the black freedom struggle. A songwriting component may be added to engage the students on a personal level while exercising language and writing skills.
Josephine Cameron brought a wonderful energy and a better understanding of Dr. King to all in attendance at our annual Children’s Celebration of MLK. We didn’t want her music to end, and hope to have her join us again! ~Judy Montgomery, Associate Librarian and Organizer of Bowdoin College Library’s Annual Children’s Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Traditional folk music has often been changed over the years when new generations add verses that are relevant to them. In this workshop, students will join in this tradition by choosing a song and creating a verse of their own—becoming part of history themselves.
I am happy to tailor programs to a specific era of history to enhance classroom studies. I enjoy creating programs that are directly applicable to history and social studies lessons.
For song samples and parent, student, and teacher reviews, please visit www.songwritingforkids.com.
In-state rate: $700/day
Out-of-state rate: $1000/day plus reimbursement for travel and lodging
Maximum number of presentations per day: 3 classroom visits, or a negotiable combination of classroom visits and school concerts.
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RECENT VISITS & GRANTS
Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School
Pejepscot Historical Society
Senter Fund Grant
Arts Are Elementary Grant