WOODSONGS in the CLASSROOM is a Music & Arts Education Project involving music, history, language arts and more designed to encourage community and creativity. Below are three wonderful projects for teachers interested in the arts, music, simple living and Thoreau. Pick one, pick all three. They’re FREE. Chose the ones you want your students to enjoy and make sure you register your school or family by sending an email to Teachers@woodsongs.com with your name/school/city/state or call us 859-255-5700.




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PROJECT ONE: The WOODWSCLassroomLOGOSONGS CLASSROOM Video/Streaming project: MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE Lesson Plans available. This project uses the streaming WoodSongs public television broadcast as an in-class teaching tool. Students watch select 25 minute segments of WoodSongs on your projection screen or desk top. This series highlights our rural, organic, musical tradition. It also exposes students to the wonderful world of grassroots music as we explore people, artists, cultures, songs, history and instruments from across America and around the world.Layout 1_WS_VideoJPG

LESSON PLANS: Imagine introducing your students to the banjo with 16x Grammy winner Bela Fleck, or American jazz with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or the guitar with world renown Tommy Emmanuel from Australia. Each show features a youngster performing as well.  CLICK HERE

The lesson plans focus on music, the arts, history, literature, creative writing and social studies. Each classroom broadcast also features a talented middle/high school aged youngster adding peer excitement to this project (see WoodSongs Kids). The goal of this project is to encourage love and passion for the arts that transcends money. You will be amazed at the array of choices you will have. Simply register your school and VISIT our Teacher’s Download center. This is all FREE to schools.






Start a WOODSONGS SCHOOL COFFEEHOUSE:  Students are encouraged to start an actual  “WoodSongs Music Coffeehouse,” a concert series that gives kids a chance to perform before a safe in-school audience. This encourages students to write songs, develop a sense of community, learn instruments and experience the art of performing. This can be held during a home room, study hall or after school event. Many schools are putting a stage in the cafeteria and holding the music series during the lunch hour.

We will provide a “how to” manual, posters and more to help teachers and students make this a success. Simply register your school  link to our Teacher’s Download center






PROJECT THREE: 2017 is the 200th Anniversary of Henry David Thoreau … Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau is a simple-to-produce play (2 acts, one set, four characters. Each act is about 25 minutes long; total performing time 55 minutes) that can be acted as a theater production, read as a script reading in class, watched as a DVD or streamed into the classroom online. Ideal for 8-12 and college. This project includes lesson plans for middle, high and college, perfect for studies on writing, English, history, drama, Thoreau, Emerson and more..HandshakeJPG_LR

Thoreau is America’s most famous pencil maker, literary giant and the forefather of the global green movement. The two act, four character 45 minute play is mainly a conversation between Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson set during the final two days Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond.  The dialogue of the play is based on actual quotes from the writing and letters of Thoreau and Emerson


The Walden Play was originally launched with a grant from Dixon Ticonderoga, makers of the famous #2 pencil most of your students use in their classes. Easy and fun to produce, over 8,700 colleges, schools, community theaters and home schools have registered performances of the Walden play in 42 countries. It’s a perfect project for autumn or spring around Earth Day.


WATCH a video SAMPLER of the Walden Play: click here


READ the scholarly review of the Walden play published in the January 2016 issue of the “Journal for the Center of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning” at BOSTON UNIVERSITY by William Christopher Brown, PH.D: click here


“Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau should be a requirement in American classrooms, a prelude to a serious study of the Transcendentalist movement that we all could use a great good deal more immersion in. Kids badly need this element in their lives, and the two-disc set also includes a great little lesson plan that strongly encourages analysis and critical thinking.”  Mark S. Tucker, FAME reviewer


The Walden play script is available in English, French and Spanish and it is FREE to schools. To get the play script and materials visit our TEACHERS DOWNLOAD CENTER. For more detailed information visit  WaldenPlay.com






NEW! The APOLOGY SONG and lesson plans, uniquely designed for all ages including college. In an age of anger, bitter politics, bullying and war this is a lesson about peace, calm and how to defuse a problem. click here



NEW! The DREAM song and lesson plans, a project about the Earth at Peace for Middle, High and College level students click here



PLEASE REGISTER FIRST … this will help us keep our projects effective and easy to use:

This will help us know where the projects are being used, what class levels, etc. Your email address will NOT BE SOLD OR SHARED. We are always open to improvements and suggestions as well. You can DOWNLOAD the registration form (FAX, EMAIL, or MAIL it back to us) CLICK HERE … or copy and paste the registration info below and email it to us at Teachers@woodsongs.com


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DNLOadCntrLOGOBrowse the array of FREE roots music teaching tools and projects you can use. Make sure you email us your registration info first!


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Does the Classroom program, Walden Play and Coffeehouse cost us anything? No, not a cent.

Do I need to be a member of the WFPA to use this? No … but it would be nice if you could

Do I need to be a member of the WFPA to start a WoodSongs Coffeehouse? Nope.


Make a donation to the WFPA and support our international CLASSROOM program:

Make a secure donation of your choice to the WFPA Classroom ProjectDONATE1_SongFarmerLOGOdoc






Why Is This Project FREE to schools?

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aWFPA-MARTIN_DOCOur Classroom program is provided free to schools because of the fundraising efforts of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA 501-c-3) membership. Most of the funds are generated by the yearly WoodSongs Gathering. We would love for you to become a member of the WFPA, but it is not necessary in order to use the educational programs we provide.

PLEASE NOTE: although there is a polite thank you, there is no effort to “sell” anything, no commercials and no corporate indulgence in any part of this project.