Karen Novy is a Durham songwriter whose passion for communicating emotion and inspiring others through song is evident. Novy has a degree in K-12 Music Education and has been a performing songwriter for 30 years. At the age of 5, she began playing piano and soon after, created her first songs. Songwriting has taught Novy to express her valid, valuable emotions and that is something she imparts to youth and adults alike in her work.  ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (MUSIC) (SONGWRITING) (SOCIAL STUDIES) (LANGUAGE ARTS)

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency [Virtual Option]
Building a Song, Telling Your Story

Karen Novy, songwriter/musician, guides students through the process of transforming thoughts and feelings into lyrics for their personal songs. Karen discusses the power of music to express emotion and delves into technical concepts of song form and melody. Residency Lesson Plan

Max Participants: 25

Duration: Minimum 2 days needed for residency completion, 60-minute sessions

Special Requirements: Classroom or theater space. Artist will supply: Bluetooth speaker, song examples, piano or guitar

Fee: Karen Novy Residency Pricing

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Exploring Emotions Through Song

Karen Novy and Robert Cooney perform a 45-minute concert/presentation engaging audiences of all ages. This piano/guitar duo entertains while exploring emotions of the human experience and empowering in the audience the creativity that is inherent in all humans. 45 minutes. Performance Lesson Plan

Max Participants: 250

Duration: 45 minutes

Special Requirements:
15×10 foot space to set up musical equipment; we have a small PA for smaller spaces, larger auditoriums will need in-house PA system

Single Performance Fee- $375.00
Two Performances Fee- $625.00

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop [Virtual Option]
Songbuilding to Support Curriculum Concepts

Through the process of discussing the current topic of study in a classroom/group setting, students will communicate key concepts and brainstorm to create statements that we will then translate into song lyrics and song form. Workshop Lesson Plan 

Max Participants: 40

Duration: 75 minutes

Special Requirements: Music room or Classroom; Whiteboard/ blackboard and writing implements to document brainstorm session; Artist will provide: Bluetooth speaker; piano; Recording capability

Fee:  Karen Novy Workshop Pricing