School Workshops

School Workshops

 

What’s the Big Idea?!?  

The Big Idea is big for sure! It’s organically grown it’s totally pure.
It’s guaranteed to hold the cure. It’s a Big Idea for sure!

 


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What’s the Big Idea?!?™

Song, Story & Sound Workshops through Artist@School Programs.

What’s the Big Idea at your school??

Gary Rasberry will help your students discover and explore ideas
both Big & Small through the Art of Song & Story & Sound.
Arts-Based workshops (Mini, Half, Full-day & Residencies)
Explore curricular elements of music, drama and literacy-based englishhomeworkhelp.co.uk learning.

 

 

 

 

 

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Right Off The Page!

Ever wonder what Dr. Seuss might do with an iPad and some recording gear?

Bring stories to life. Pull them Right Off the Page! in order to record & create audio books.

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Come Play, Improvise, Experiment & “Mess Around” with Song Sound & Story in a workshop where ‘Hi-tech’ multi-tracking software (Garage Band) meets ‘No-tech’ weird found objects (ironing boards, pizza flippers & typewriters) in combination with ‘Lo-tech’ read-aloud books (Sandra Boynton, Al Perkins, Sam McBratney) to create Soundscapes & Performance Pieces.

In a workshop Alive with Literacy we’ll pull stories Right Off the Page!  to bring our creations to life  and then record them as audio-adventures.

Grade Level K-8

Click, Clack, Moo

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Right Off the Page

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

I will arrive with my laptop and recording gear, a suitcase filled with some of my favourite read-aloud books, as well as some playful ‘tools & toys’ (found objects like kitchen utensils and percussion instruments) to use in our recordings.  You are welcome to provide any of your favourite books as well as any of your own ‘tools and toys’ that might be used to create sound effects for our recorded stories.

Requirements:

This workshop can take place in your classroom or in the library or resource room.  A ‘smart board’ is ideal but not necessary. The equivalent would be a data projector + screen and computer speakers in order to listen and to view our recorded works. Note: the workshop works best in a space that is separate from other classrooms so that we won’t disrupt other school activities and, in turn, won’t have our recordings disrupted by outside noise.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Right Off the Page!

1.  The Night Song (Blue Skies Arts & Music Camp)


2.  Somewhere in the World (Blue Skies Arts & Music Camp)


3.  My Many Coloured Days (Blue Skies Arts & Music Camp)

 

 

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Creating Audio Sound-Scapes

Come find out what a soundscape is then create one!

(Hint: A Soundscape is a recording that tells a story in sound.) Explore Art like a Mad Scientist.

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In this workshop we will create Soundscapes made up of ‘bits and pieces of sound’ that include songs, stories & sound-bites (sound effects, ambient noise & other kinds of audio loops)

We will use multi-track software (Garage Band) and high-quality recording equipment to build our Soundscapes one track at a time using pre-recorded loops and sound effects and live recordings of
voice, instruments and ambient sounds.

The creative process is as important as the product itself. The Soundscape emerges as we add layers to create a recording that tells a story in sound. Strive for simplicity. Create chaos. Explore art like a
Mad Scientist.

Grade Level K-8

Rideau Tecumseh Soundscape

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Creating Audio Soundscapes

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

In order to create high quality recordings we will use an Apple MacBook (with Garage Band and Logic recording software), a Tascam interface unit that enables us to connect two Rhode NT1 condenser microphones for recording purposes.  I also employ a Zoom H4n portable 4-track recording device that can be used to create instant, high quality recordings in classroom situations.   I will also provide headphones.

I will prepare and bring topical soundbites and/or resource material based on any advanced planning and preparation between myself and the classroom teacher.

Requirements:

This workshop can take place in your classroom or in the library or resource room.  A ‘smart board’ is ideal but not necessary. The equivalent would be a data projector + screen and computer speakers in order to view and to listen to our recorded works.  Note: this workshop works best in a space that is separate from other classrooms so that we won’t disrupt other school activities and, in turn, won’t have our recordings disrupted by outside noise.

You may want to provide curricular resources depending on the subject or topic area we are creating soundscapes for (e.g. a history topic like the War of 1812 or Pioneers, or a geography topic like Landforms or Weather).  We will also need an internet connection in order to download applicable soundbites.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Creating Audio Soundscapes

1.  Do We Choose the News?


2.  No Music, No Life

 

 

Gary Rasberry Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting & Recording Workshop

Question:  How do you START to write a song?
Answer: You START to write a song!

Explore the art of songwriting through hands-on experience in a workshop setting. Develop and hone your
ability to work with ideas, lyrics, melody & groove. Create & Record a Demo of your song.

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The “simple” act of starting creates the all-important momentum that will draw you into the creative process of writing a song. Is it the verse? Is it the chorus? Who knows? Your job is to dig in, create a spark, find the energy and follow it. You will find your song just as your song will find you.  Magic? You bet! Hard work, too. Explore the art of songwriting through hands-on experience in a workshop setting. Develop and hone your ability to work with ideas, lyrics, melody & groove.

Work in an encouraging, playful atmosphere in small and large groups as well as individually.  There will be lots of opportunity to experiment  with ideas, sounds and lyrics to create and record a ‘demo’ of your song. No previous songwriting experience is necessary only a willingness to experiment and take risks.

Grade Level K-8

Non-fiction by Bailey

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Songwriting and Recording

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

In order to create high quality recordings we will use an Apple MacBook (with Garage Band And Logic recording software), a Tascam interface unit that enables us to connect two Rhode NT1 condenser microphones for recording purposes.  I also employ a Zoom H4n portable 4-track recording device that can be used to create instant, high quality recordings in classroom situations.   I will also provide headphones.

Requirements:

This workshop works best in a space that is separate from other classrooms so that we won’t disrupt other school activities and, in turn, won’t have our recordings disrupted by outside noise.  It can also be very helpful to have ‘break out’ rooms for individuals and small groups to work on their songs.)   Whether the workshop takes place in your classroom or in the library or resource room, we will require a data projector + screen and computer speakers in order to view and to listen to our recorded works. (A ‘smart board’ would be ideal but not necessary.) Students can bring their own instruments (guitar, bass, violin etc.)  They will require a journal or workbook along with a pen or pencil for writing.  They may also want to use a smart phone, ipod, ipad or laptop to record “pre-demos” of their songs. (These are not required.)

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Songwriting

1.  Shooting Me Down – (Sabrina Grade 7)


2.  Invisible – (Emma Grade 7)


3.  Quiet – (Ben Grade 6)

 

 

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Creating Audio Archives

Creating an Audio Archive is a great way to capture the creative process of students engaged in arts-based Song, Story & Sound workshops and performances.

* Audio Archive Workshops are often part of an Artist-in-Residence experience

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An audio archives might represent a morning, a day, a week or even a year in the lives of your students at work and at play with a visiting artist at your school.

The audio archives might capture the minutia of daily routines along with the vast range of pedagogical adventures in order to create a brief moment in time, an audio map that says, “We are Here.”

These recordings provide the students with an opportunity to literally use their voices to create a legacy for the school and the community. Zippy songs, original stories, poetry, spoken word, mini-performance pieces, ornery math questions, tricky words to spell, unfathomable grammatical conundrums, silly and clever conversations, and interviews are all potential material for the archives.

Students will have opportunities to assist in the recording process itself. The technological tools used to create the archive are simply that: tools.  The idea is to keep things simple. The recording technology is meant to serve our creative needs rather than direct and control our process.

Grade Level K-8

Zinta Golden in the Treetops

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Creating Audio Archives

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

In order to create high quality recordings we will use an Apple MacBook (with Garage Band And Logic recording software), a Tascam interface unit that enables us to connect two Rhode NT1 condenser microphones for recording purposes.  I also employ a Zoom H4n portable 4-track recording device that can be used to create instant, high quality recordings in classroom situations.   I will also provide headphones.

Requirements:

This workshop can take place in your classroom or in the library or resource room (preferably in a space where we will not disrupt other school activities and, in turn, won’t have our recording process disrupted by outside noise. A ‘smart board’ is ideal but not necessary. The equivalent would be a data projector + screen and computer speakers in order to view and to listen to our recorded works.

The audio archives differ from audio soundscpaes in that they are often the result of a longer, more sustained artist visit.  (e.g. an artist-in-residence that takes place over several days, weeks or even over the course of a school year. The kind of archive we create will very much depend on the kinds of activities you and your students would like to engage in during our time together.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Creating Audio Archives (Artist-in-Residence)

1.  Learning to Write a Story (Yarker Family School Archives  Grade 2/3)

 

 

 

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Group Singing

What’s the Big Idea?!? ™
Come play with Language & Music as you explore Local History, Far-off Geography, a fragile ecosystem or another language.

Emotion and affect are built right in  (no assembly or extra parts required). Combine a Workshop with a
Performance-based concert in which students showcase and perform the work they create in the workshop.

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What’s the Big Idea?!? ™ Children won’t necessarily know they are “covering the music curriculum” when they find themselves picking up an imaginary trombone and playing it with raucous abandon alongside their friends in the percussion section of the song “Band of Sounds.”

They aren’t aware they are “applying elements of music” when singing and moving their bodies in ways that beautifully illustrate pitch & melody.  Like Mikey in the old and almost forgotten cereal commercial —“Hey! He likes it!!”—we don’t always have to tell them that learning to sing in groups is “ good for them.”

In fact, the music curriculum is explored in great detail as a group of children learn to sing songs together whether the songs are moving ballads, corny novelty songs filled with tongue-twisting lyrics or action songs requiring considerable timing and dexterity.

Songs from any of the myriad genres of music offered in these group singing sessions invite children to play with language and music as they explore local History or far-off Geography a fragile ecosystem or another language. Emotion and affect are built right in (no assembly or extra parts required)   A chance to laugh or cry or imagine you’re someone or somewhere else.

Join your students waltzing through a world of songs from Gary Rasberry’s most recent recording: What’s the Big Idea?!? You don’t even have to tell them it’s good for them (but you’ll know that I know that you know.) Now that’s a Big Idea!

Grade Level K-8

Got A Hat Hat!

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Group Singing

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

While a group singing workshop can take place with just one classroom of students, many schools choose to have me visit a number of classrooms to deliver a 45 minute workshop for each over the course of a day.  During the workshop, each group will learn a short repertoire of songs together.  My visit to the school might then culminate with a larger concert (e.g. the Primary Division) in which we bring the different groups together to celebrate and sing our songs.

Requirements:

If the teacher or school chooses to bring a number of classes together for a culminating concert, we will require a large space like the resource centre or gym.  If the group is very large (e.g. the entire school), a PA system may be required.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Group Singing

1.  Walkin’ (Yarker Family School, K-3)

2. Band of Sounds (Yarker Family School, K-3)

 

 

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What’s the Big Idea?!?

What’s the Big Idea?!? ™
Stand-alone Concert Performances feature music from What’s the Big Idea?!?

An infectious folk album for families that is children-powered but also for parents, teachers and other non-children. Alive with banjo, fiddle and upright bass it’s music for people who want to sing out loud, connect, laugh and make music together.

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What’s the Big Idea?!? It’s the title of the Children’s Album I recorded which is full of songs for children and their parents to Listen to & Sing along with when they feel so moved.

What’s the Big Idea?!? It’s a Travelling Road Show that visits music festivals, living rooms, community halls & classrooms

The Road Show can be small: me & my blue guitar

The Road Show can be Big: The Big Idea Band featuring a remarkable cast of musicians that changes depending of the venue.

The Big Idea Band could be: Sheehsam & Lotus (the original Big Idea Band)

Dave Clark & The Woodshed Orchestra (one of the latest Sensational Improvisational Big Idea Bands)

Or perhaps the Big Idea Band is Your High School Band??? or maybe Your Elementary school Choir???

Grade Level K-8

Got A Hat Hat!

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Performance Workshop

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

A performance workshop is essentially a concert with opportunity for students to ask musicians questions about anything from instruments and technique to what it’s like to have a career as an artist or musician.

Requirements:

A large suitable space like a resource centre, open community space or gym is ideal for a performance/concert.  A PA system may be required depending on the size of the group and the size of the space.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

What’s the Big Idea?!?

1.  What’s the Big Idea


2. Walkin’

 

Creating Across the Curriculum

 

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History Soundscapes

I help students explore the History Curriculum through the Arts.

As part of a collaborative team of artists educators working with the organization Young Imaginations*

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The students create Soundscapes—multi-tracked sound collages that weave pre-recorded voices of historic figures with music and the students’ voices own and writing—to explore topics like

  • War of 1812
  • Sir Issac Brock (Grade 7/8)
  • Laura Secord (Grade 2/3)
  • Tecumseh (Grade 6)
  • Louis Riel (Grade 7/8)

Grade Level K-8

*Young Imaginations is a non-profit, charitable organization which brings arts education to elementary school age children.

Laura Secord & The War of 1812

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

History Soundscapes

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

In order to create high quality recordings we will use an Apple MacBook (with Garage Band And Logic recording software), a Tascam interface unit that enables us to connect two Rhode NT1 condenser microphones for recording purposes.  I also employ a Zoom H4n portable 4-track recording device that can be used to create instant, high quality recordings in classroom situations.   I will also provide headphones.

Requirements:

Teachers are encouraged to visit the Young Imaginations website in order to understand the creative process used to create History Soundscapes.  The recording and creating of the soundscape is the LAST step in the creative process.   The creative process is most often initiated by other artistic forms like drama and visual arts.*

* I would encourage you to contact Young Imaginations to book a History session.  Your students would then receive visits from different kinds of artists as they move through the creative process of creating a history soundscape.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

History Soundscapes

1.  Jeremy’s War: Sir Isaac Brock & The War of 1812 (Young Imaginations, Gr 7/8)


 

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Composing Math Songs

We compose songs for use by students from K-12 to explore the Math Curriculum.

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As an instructor for an Alternative Practicum Course at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University I work with Teacher Candidates to compose Math Songs for the Faculty of Education’s Community Outreach Centre at Queen’s. The Outreach Centre’s website hosts the songs along with lyrics and teaching notes to be used by parents, students & teachers.

Our  songs to date cover topics like:

  • Skip Counting
  • Even Odd Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Angles
  • Transformations & Fibonacci’s Sequence

Grade Level K-8

Math is All Around

Song, Story & Sound Workshops integrate elements of Drama, Music, Language & Literacy, Media Arts & Multimedia Technology.

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Each workshop provides an opportunity for students to use the creative process, develop an aesthetic awareness, use problem-solving skills, and take an innovative approach to a challenge as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines.

What’s the Big Idea?!? Students will learn to collaborate, make new connections, develop skills and understandings that relate to other subject areas and use critical analysis to respond to their own and others’ creative works.  Immersed in Song & Story & Sound, students will imagine and generate, plan and focus, explore and experiment, produce ‘real’ work, revise and refine, present, perform, share, and reflect and evaluate.

Students in these creative workshops will be able to manipulate elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages, or ideas through the arts. They will also use new media  and technology (audio recording equipment and software) to produce art works and to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the work.

Big Ideas to be sure.

Math Songs Workshop

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Cost: Please contact me for workshop fees

Logistics:

In order to create high quality recordings we will use an Apple MacBook (with Garage Band And Logic recording software), a Tascam interface unit that enables us to connect two Rhode NT1 condenser microphones for recording purposes.  I also employ a Zoom H4n portable 4-track recording device that can be used to create instant, high quality recordings in classroom situations.   I will also provide headphones.

Requirements:

The classroom teacher can visit the Queen’s Community Outreach Website to see what songs have been written. (Each song has an mp3, song lyrics and teaching notes.)  We can explore and listen and sing to previously written songs OR we can write new songs based on math topics the students are currently working on. We will need an internet connection in order to visit the Outreach website.

Workshop Form: Click here for downloadable form

Math Songs

1.  Even Odd Numbers (Queen’s Faculty of Education  Alternative Practicum)


2. Mister Fionacci (Queen’s Faculty of Education  Alternative Practicum)

3. Polynomial Testimonial (Queen’s Faculty of Education  Alternative Practicum)