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Mo Phillips (Young Audiences)

RESIDENCY REQUEST

Book this artist using the Residency Request Form

RESIDENCY GOALS

Students learn:

  • To craft stories/ideas using musical means, working with musical elements such as tempo, volume and pitch to enhance a story.
  • To use collaborative skills to craft great songs together; recognizing not only one’s own ideas, but other’s ideas as well, and the art of letting go to your own idea if necessary.
  • To use language and songwriting tools such as rhyme, meter, and melody.
  • That using rhyme and slant rhyme to not only tie a story together, but also to help lead it in unforeseen directions.

BIO

As a teaching artist my aim is to inspire students to explore the limitless possibilities of creative writing and expression through songwriting. Through high energy engagement and the use of both honesty and humor I reveal the empowerment, catharsis, excitement, and delight of song creation.  It is an innate ability in all of us that only needs a bit of unveiling.

 

Young Audiences teaching artists are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people and have strategies for working with the complexities of school environments. Through a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities and a multi-faceted evaluation system, as well as through their experience with students and educators, Young Audiences teaching artists are continually growing as teachers and as artists.

DISCIPLINES

Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

In my workshops and residencies we focus on the art of song craft and certain elements that help to define a song.  The work focuses primarily on interplay between lyricism and mood, and how the use of musical dynamics can affect the results in amazing ways. This approach also lends itself to interweaving classroom curriculum with often surprising results. We write songs together and then record them and if we’re feeling confident and keen, maybe even perform them!

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

My residencies integrate well with English Language Arts, and can be used to write songs about any content area. During a song writing residency, students are learning that within the constraints of a form (a song), they can communicate their knowledge and feelings about anything.

 

Collaboration and creativity are vital, since we’re writing songs together. The process often involves piecing together even the shortest lines from a couple of different ideas. Working together creatively is practically the essence of team songwriting.  Communicating ones ideas is also critical, as boiling down ideas and phrases into manageable pieces is often the line between a great song and a rambling mess! Often creating a song based off of in class curriculum can help to illuminate the most important aspects of said curriculum as the students strive to relay what is most essential to understand about the topic.

GALLERY

FEE INFO

Fees for Residencies are $70 per classroom session and per preparation hour, $65 per planning and reflection meetings with the school.

Workshops are $100

Performances are $500, $695 for a pair.
Please book through Young Audiences.

Travel Costs: Artist may charge extra for travel 15 miles from downtown Portland.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x231

Email:

josephine@ya-or.org

Website:

http://ya-or.org/

http://www.mophillips.com

REFERENCES

Amy Kleiner

Principal

akleiner@pps.net

503-916-6226

Sunnyside Environmental School

Sarah Rosman

Teacher

srosman@pps.net

503-916-6226

Sunnyside Environmental School

1st/2nd split

Lori Laws

Teacher

lori_laws@beaverton.k12.or.us

503-672-3545

McKay Elementary

5th


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