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 several 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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Contact: Doug Boyd PhD
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University of Kentucky Libraries

 

Why are we doing this?

At the height of World War II, a reported confronted Winston Churchill and asked if he intended on striking the arts from the government budget to pay for the war effort. His response, “Then what the hell are we fighting for?”

We think music and art is worth fighting for, so we offer all of this free of charge to teachers and home school families.

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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: Introduce your students to the banjo with 16x Grammy winner Bela Fleck, American jazz with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or the guitar with world renown Tommy Emmanuel from Australia. The lesson plans focus on music, the arts, history, literature, creative writing and social studies. The goal of this project is to encourage love and passion for the arts. 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.

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Start a WOODSONGS SCHOOL COFFEEHOUSE:  Students are encouraged to start an actual in-school concert series that gives kids a chance to perform before a safe audience. This encourages students to write songs, develop a sense of community, learn instruments and experience the art of performing. We provide a “how to” manual, posters and more to help teachers and students make this a success. Simply go to our Teacher’s Download center

 

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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

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. To get the play script and materials  simply go to our Teacher’s Download center

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WATCH a video SAMPLER of the Walden Play: click here

 

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

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GUN and lesson plans. Create a timely, safe, logical, open conversation about violence, guns and peace. For WS20  click here

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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

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

 

 

 

READY TO START?

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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QUESTIONS:

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

 

 

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Why Is This Project FREE to schools?

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.