KAMARA THOMAS is a singer-songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist based in Durham. She been writing, recording, and performing music professionally for over fifteen years, first in New York and now in North Carolina. Kamara constructs lively performances that illuminate the mythology of American identity. In 2015 she was a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education, presenting songs from her work “Tularosa” to elementary, middle, and high school students. She teaches voice, and she leads vocal and songwriting workshops for all ages in the Triangle area. You can explore her work at www.kamarathomas.com ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (CULTURE) (STORYTELLING/WRITING) (MUSIC/SONG) (LANGUAGE ARTS)
GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Discovering the Creative Process: Songwriting and Musical Storytelling
Students will be introduced to four distinct stages of the creative process, and explore this process through writing their own songs and exploring musical storytelling. They will observe their surroundings and use their senses and unique viewpoints to generate personally meaningful and compelling text-images, and use these as a springboard to imagine, structure, and create songs and stories, with an opportunity to present their work at the close of the residency. Techniques may include call-and-response melodic exercises, listening sessions using students’ song suggestions, and historical research into place and character. 3 days minimum for residency completion. 60 minute sessions.
Max Participants: 27
Duration: 60-90 minutes depending on audience/site
Special Requirements: classroom space
Fee: $109.00 per class/Kamara Thomas Residency Pricing