Support students' creativity through songwriting
Songwriting is a powerful way to draw out students' creativity and self-expression. Songwriting in popular forms, including pop, rock, and hip-hop, can help students think of new ways to express themselves through lyrics, production, and remix. Even teachers without songwriting ability can always participate in creating remixes, in which an original beat or melody is repurposed for new lyrics.
Verse: the main part of a song, roughly corresponding with a poetic stanza, where the "story" or narrative occurs
Chorus: the part of the song that repeats, both musically and lyrically, and often conveys the main message or theme of the song
Bridge: the section of a song which has a different melody from the rest of the song
Hook: the most memorable element of the song for listeners.
GUIDING QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
- What do you notice about the ways that different motivations from both students and instructors might inform the way songwriting and music are used in the classroom?
- What opportunities or challenges can you see to doing this kind of highly creative but often messy work in different classroom environments?
- What are some ways you can think of to do songwriting in the classroom, either alone or in collaboration with an art or music teacher?