Youth Arts Arise – Music in Storytelling

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Date(s) - Wed. Aug. 30, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Class Description: “Music in Storytelling,” will share how music can express ideas on its own and also how a music can become involved in telling a story and otherwise making a scene. Drawing from music history and including recent times, the class will explore different ways composers have written music to entertain, to inspire, and also to share broader ideas – whether in creating an opera, accompanying a ballet or play, or representing something else, such as another work of art. The class will also draw from movies and other sources to share how music has been important in representing characters, feelings, situations, and storylines. Students will be introduced to different musical instruments, concepts, and kinds of music. If watching clips from Disney movies, like FANTASIA or ALADDIN, or other films like STAR WARS or the THE WIZARD OF OZ sounds like fun, this class will be enjoyable and worthwhile.

About the Facilitator: Active as a musician in the greater Boston area, Erik Gustafson has enjoyed telling stories– after a fashion. Especially through his original musical compositions, Erik has seen music as a means of expressing, depicting, and remembering ideas, feelings, and occasions. Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for Old South Church in Boston, Erik has also played the piano in a number of settings, including for several residential communities in the Boston area. Erik’s music has been included in area events such as Remembrance and Hope, a service at Old South Church honoring the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings; and Erik’s music can be heard on his website: and on his own YouTube channel.