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Mo Phillips (Young Audiences)

Booked through June 2020

RESIDENCY REQUEST

Book this artist using the Residency Request Form

RESIDENCY GOALS

Students learn:

  • to engage in a collaborative art making process
  • a sense of empowerment from creating something new
  • a basic understanding of the two pillars of popular song:  lyric and melody
  • to have a ridiculous amount of fun

BIO

Mo Phillips has been working with kids for 20 years, and he has been making music for them for 12 years.  These two things melt together in the classroom in a glorious explosion of songwriting mania.  Mo leads with love and joy, which sometimes looks like utter silliness, but upon closer inspection can be seen for what it truly is – an invitation to be free in the art form.

 

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,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

This residency is as much about collaboration and literacy as it is about rockin’ out and singing hard.  The big idea of this residency is how we can work together to wrestle language and music into recognizable patterns, patterns that stick with us and bring us joy.  All grade bands get basic nomenclature such as lyrics, melody, chorus, and verse.  The older grade bands tend to create longer songs with more complex rhymes and rhyme schemes.  By the end of the residency each classroom will have created a song based on either in-class curriculum or something the class is interested in as a community (lots of ‘friendship’ songs in the lower grades and a couple of ‘stress’ songs in the upper grades tend to happen).  However, this is NOT a product oriented residency.  It is well and truly a process orientated residency.

 

My style is to break the ice immediately with silliness, continue to have fun through the process, and then end with goofballery, while always leading with love.  That is to say, I know my art and how to teach it.  So I can do it while it may look like I’m not doing it at all.  While it may seem like I’m just trying to make them laugh, I may actually be setting up a discussion on patterns or rhymes or slant rhymes.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Over the last 10 years as a teaching artist, I have co-written songs with students about this very wide range of topics:  friendship (filling buckets), how things grow, light and sound, crustaceans, parallelograms, Mexico and Mexican heritage, planetary movement, the Lewis and Clark Trail (probably at least 10 of these…), math doubles (Double Bubble Trouble remains a favorite), penguins, immigrants, language and recess, to name a few.

GALLERY

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.

Can travel from classroom to classroom

Prefer sessions to be back-to-back (3  to 5 days in a row)

Best to teach 4-5 sessions in one day

 

FEE INFO

Residency Session:  $75/session

Planning/Preparation:  $75/hour

Planning Meeting:  $75

Teacher Workshop:  $230

Culminating Event:  $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.

Wait time after one hour is billed at $20 per 1/2 hour.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x231

Email:

josephine@ya-or.org

Website:

http://www.ya-or.org/

https://www.mophillips.com

REFERENCES

Lori Walter

Principal

walter@gresham.k12.or.us

503-661-0144

West Gresham Elementary

Theresa Martin

Teacher

martint@nclack.k12.or.us

503-353-5600

Spring Mountain Elementary

Julie White

Teacher

Julie_White@beaverton.k12.or.us

503-356-2020

Beaver Acres Elementary


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