Choice of Weapons: A Lyrical ConnectionA Choice of Weapons: A Lyrical Connection is an Arts Partners program developed in 2015 with funding from the Ulrich Museum of Art.
Students will read one of Gordon Park's books (A CHOICE OF WEAPONS or THE LEARNING TREE) prior to the residency. Students will identify themes from the book that are part of the characters? lives. Students will then compare these themes with their own life. The Teaching Artist will use these themes as the basis for having students tell their own stories through writing poems or song lyrics. This residency teaches songwriting as both a language arts exercise and a musical expression.
Aaron Fowler teaches his Six-Steps to Song Writing process which includes: 1) Theme/topic; 2) Key words; 3) Rhyming words; 4) Form; 5) Rhythm; and 6) Melody. Each of the six steps is discussed as well as practiced in interactive ways. Students are given "homework" each night to support student-directed examples.
The culmination activity is a performance that includes both students' songs as well as songs by the artist.
Artist: Aaron Fowler
Thank you very much for working with our students this year. As a talented and very approachable adult, you made a positive and lasting impression. You adapted lessons quickly to match learning and emotional abilities. Lessons were fun and full of lighthearted, no pressure, laughter and direction. The kids have left this year with a sense of "I CAN."
|Format||Audience Size||Grade Level||Curriculum||Cost|
|Residency||one class||Grade 6 - Grade 12||
Careers / Life Skills
History / Social Studies
|$464 includes five 45-minute workshops and one planning meeting. An optional field trip to the Ulrich Museum (free admission and transportation) or other appropriate museum (costs TBD)can be arranged.|
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