WORDS & MUSIC: Major Songwriting for Minors (Ages 7-9 and 9-12) - FREE TRIAL CLASS Thursday 5/16, 4:30-6:30pm

  • Are your walls covered in artwork?
  • Are you in your second hour of traffic and singing is still coming from the back seat?
  • Is a puppet show about to start in your living room?
  • Did someone just write a story and ask you to listen to the reading?
  • Or did you find a privately written story while you were cleaning up after the author?
  • Are you having trouble processing this because smaller hands are tapping on the table or clapping?

You may have a young songwriter in your house!

Other warning signs may include

  • Singing while playing
  • A love of reading
  • Pointing out details, like the sound a bird makes, or the shape of the clouds
  • A love of drawing
  • Daydreaming
  • Or focus
  • Feeling things deeply

We believe that everyone can be a songwriter if given the tools and encouragement.

In WORDS & MUSIC, your young person will be guided into her or his own powers of self-expression, in writing and in music. For age groups 7-9 and 9-12, the two-hour period is divided into two separate classes.

One hour is devoted to the WORDS of songs (lyrics!) in many disciplines (stories, poems, letters...), combining creative self-expression with critical thinking. We will learn to tell our stories, in our voices, in our styles! Yay!

In the other hour, your child will learn and participate in the language of MUSIC. We will come to understand the vocabulary and qualities of music. We will sing, clap, stomp, beat, say, shout(!), and play ideas until self-expression in music is as natural and necessary as laughter. Fun!

In this class and in this program, it is our hope that young people will develop confidence, courage, compassion, and empathy to learn to raise and trust their voices and express them, memorably. (READ MORE BELOW)

WOULD THIS BE RIGHT FOR MY KID IF...

My kid doesn't play an instrument? 
YES! Students do not need to play an instrument to take the class. 

My kid isn't really a singer?
YES! The voice is our very first instrument; you don't have to be a "singer" to learn to play it.

My kid actually already plays an instrument--will this class still challenge them?
YES! In this class we are assembling the building blocks to write songs for a lifetime. A more experienced student can be met where they are and feel challenged.

My child struggles with writing, or writing is newer to them. Will they be able to participate and learn?
YES! We are writers the moment we notice and take the care to share what we notice in our own way. Skill levels are not dividers; they create opportunities for growth and peer leadership. 

More questions? We'd be happy to answer them! CALL 818-848-7664 or CONTACT US .

 



HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

  • Words & Music is a 6-week program meeting Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
  • REGISTER for a FREE TRIAL CLASS on THURSDAY 5/16, 4:30-6:30pm
  • For ages 7-9 and 9-12. Not sure which to join? CONTACT US and we will be happy to help you find the right setting for your child! Or Call 818-848-7664.

A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION

  • A value of this program is collaborative learning; more experienced children will be put in position to learn to be leaders and teachers to their peers, encouraging and uplifting the room rather than being held back and waiting
  • Beginners and newcomers will feel and be encouraged and included
  • Instructors will be looking to identify individual needs, weaknesses, and strengths and to find ways to address them thoughtfully and compassionately
  • Program Instructors for the current session: Words, Rob Seals; Music, Ryan Brown

Have a teen looking for this kind of setting? GO HERE.


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