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Wild Carrot's performance taught History and Social Studies through vocal and instrumental music and was enjoyed by all ages, grades Pre-K through 8!
-Kathy Lammkin, Incarnation, Centerville, OH

   

In-School Programs

Our arts-in-education programs were developed through training from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Wild carrot has completed the Seminars:

Watch our Arts-In-Education Promotional Video then click the link below for your desired program or residency:


    Our Roots Are Showing!

Child's Drawing of musiciansInteractive Performance (Grades K-6)

This performance features a wide variety of American Roots music; from jazz and folk songs to show tunes and original material. Spanning the last century with an interactive style that keeps all ages interested, the artists demonstrate and discuss the history and geography of the music and the people who brought it to this country.

The artists share and demonstrate a number of instruments, including guitar, mandolin, concertina, lap dulcimer, penny whistle and banjo. The nature of the performance allows the artists to address curriculum areas such as Language Arts, Geography, History, Social Studies and Science.

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Learning Across the Curriculum through Songwriting

Child's drawing of Wild CarrotSingle Workshop (Grades K-6)

Wild carrot's unique songwriting workshops allow teachers to direct the subject matter of the song written in each class, allowing the artists to incorporate virtually any national content standard! In 55 minutes wild carrot will help each class write a song and will leave the class with a recording of their song.

The artists encourage and require participation of the teacher during the workshop. They can write a song about virtually any standard or curriculum benchmark!

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Lyrics & Learning: The Standards through Song

Child's drawing of a bass player

Residency (Grades K-6)

Although they can remember all the words to the latest pop radio hits, students often have difficulty retaining necessary facts of Math, Science, Grammar or Social Studies. When students write their own songs about such topics as fractions, the water cycle, parts of speech or government, they retain facts and deepen their understanding of both the content and the artistic process.

In this engaging residency, students will learn the fundamentals of songwriting - rhythm, rhyme and melody - and apply their knowledge while writing original songs about academic content. Over two to five sessions per classroom, students will choose familiar songs, learn about song construction and craft, create new lyrics from academic content, compose new melodies and use the fun and joy of singing to help retain important facts.

Each class will be given a CD recording of their new song! Award-winning songwriters and musicians, Pam Temple and Spencer Funk will facilitate the process while instilling confidence to help students and teachers create a learning tool that is easily adaptable to other curriculum areas. The residency may culminate in an evening concert for parents and the community featuring a presentation of the students' work.

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Rise Up Singing: The American Folksong Movement Post-World War II

(Grades 8-10)

The years immediately following WWII were prosperous and optimistic years for the U.S. and this optimism could be felt and heard in the popular music of the day. However, under the surface of complacency, social activism was rumbling: workers’ rights, women’s rights, civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-nuclear war activism. The folk music of this era gives students insight into the post-WWII societal issues that would come to the forefront in the following decades and are still in the media today.

Making connections between the present and the past helps students understand and retain facts about history by putting events into perspective. Wild carrot introduces students to multiple instruments and the folk music songwriting process while bringing historical issues and events of the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s into focus through the music of pioneers like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

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Lyrics & Learning: Professional Development for Teachers

Although they can remember all the words to the latest pop radio hits, students often have difficulty retaining necessary facts of Math, Science, Grammar or Social Studies. Teachers can translate many basic concepts from across the curriculum into songs that provide a fun, self-assessing, reusable and effective teaching tool – even if you aren’t a singer! In lessons which engage students in rhythm, rhyme and melody, participants will learn the elements of music and lyric-writing and how those elements can teach academic content.

We will choose familiar songs, learn about song construction and craft, create new lyrics from various curricular areas and use the fun and joy of singing to help retain important facts. Participants will leave the workshop with an immediately useful tool and the skills and confidence to adapt the activities and process to teach across the curriculum and grade levels - even if you don't think you are a musician or singer! Award-winning songwriters and musicians, Pam Temple and Spencer Funk, guide teachers in easily-duplicated and easily-adapted lessons which draw upon students' multiple intelligence to increase their achievement in music and broaden their repertoire of learning skills across the curriculum.

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Wild Carrot provides an opportunity for your students to explore musical styles that they may not be familiar with while connecting the artistic content to the academic curriculum. These folks are true teaching artists that understand the importance of arts integration and know what teachers need.

If you truly want to add some zest to your academic curriculum I suggest you consider some Wild Carrot!!
- Steve Finn, Director of Education & Community Relations / Cincinnati Arts Assn.

 

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