Workshops

My Story, My Voice
Poetry to Song

My Story, My Voice:

A 14-session residency designed for the Special Needs Classroom – Grades K through Adult

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The students become the writers, composers, actors, directors and performers of their own original songs and stories.
Lesson plans and goals are designed and adapted with classroom and site personnel to achieve maximum student participation.

In this 14-session residency, the students will:

  • Write their own original lyrics and set them to music
  • Use the story from their song to create a play
  • Learn to perform their song with their voice and/or rhythm instruments and movement
  • Develop an awareness of self and of others by performing in a group
  • Increase their communication skills by learning to express and emote through theatrical techniques, adaptive music implements and vocalization
  • Practice and record their original compositions, which provides the opportunity to practice self-assessment, modification and revision.

In addition to working with special education classrooms throughout Southern California, we have also worked with the following isolated campuses and delivery sites:

  • Ability First (Long Beach and Newport Beach)
  • Blend School for the Blind (Van Ness Ave. School) Los Angeles
  • Cabrillo Lane Adult School, Cerritos
  • The Braille Institute Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Azusa
  • Willenberg Special Education Center, San Pedro
  • Hope High School, Buena Park

 

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For more information or to book this workshop please call 626-357-9156

Poetry to Song

For the K-12 General Education Classroom,
After School Prevention Programs and At-risk / High-risk Sites

Poetry to Song Children studying
In this residency, students become the writers, composers, actors, directors and performers of their own original songs and stories.
The workshops integrate literacy, music, theatre, and general education curriculum to create two original vocal music compositions.

The integration of literacy in this program builds confidence and engages students who are falling behind, have learning disabilities and English Language Learners who are encountering challenges in language fluency.

In this 14 to 20-session residency, the students will:

  • Write their own original lyrics and set them to music
  • Use the story from their song to create a play
  • Learn proper vocal technique
  • Practice theatrical affect and physical composure
  • Develop an awareness of self and of others
  • Use the mnemonic methods of music and art to learn classroom curriculum
  • Deepen their emotional and musical expression
  • Perform their final pieces in front of a live audience

In addition to serving hundreds of general education classrooms throughout Southern California we have served after school and at risk/high risk sites including:

  • Duarte Teen Center, Duarte
  • Mount Olive MIT, Duarte
  • YMCA, Monrovia
  • Quest Academy Community Day School, Monrovia
  • Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro
  • Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro
  • 24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Etiwanda Day Care Program
  • ACCESS Orange County Juvenile Detention facilities:
  • Rio Contiguo School
  • Otto A. Fischer School (Juvenile Hall)
  • Joplin Youth Center

 

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Poetry to Song Children performing on stage in costume

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For more information or to book this workshop please call 626-357-9156

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