Arts Discovery Week – Songwriting, Improvisation, and Storytelling

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Date(s) - Fri. Aug. 25, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Class Description: A program created by Amanda Ekery to introduce students to music by unlocking their creativity through improvisation games, musical storytelling and fun songwriting exercises. Improvisation is an important tool for children because it is applicable throughout their lives.  It builds listening and concentration skills, allows students to recognize opportunities and learn how to be a flexible thinker.  Regardless of musical experience songwriting helps develop creativity, instill confidence and is an outlet for expression. Activities include writing a blues based on three words, rhyming games to help with lyric writing, improvising melodies and sounds to stories, and more! Students will leave knowing how to create their own songs, work with others to develop their ideas and with a few songs they have created themselves.


About the Facilitator: Amanda makes teaching fun by aiming to build confidence and instill a passion for music with every student. Allowing students to pursue a musical style that interests them is important to Amanda, as she helps each of her students find their own voice through songwriting, improvisation and storytelling. Amanda has been a teaching artist for the YMCA Cambridge, Boys & Girls Club of Rosindale, McLean Psychiatric Hospital and the Women’s Center in Cambridge. For more about Amanda visit