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Wednesday, July 20 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Your Students Want to Write Songs! FULL

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A great song can bring out all the chord-strumming, riff-playing, keyboarding, drum-pounding, bass-lining, music skills that students have learned. This workshop will explore the concept of songwriting both as a venue to showcase those skills and vehicle to build them. We will start with an overview of the three major chords in a key and their relative minors. We will quickly break out into groups that will write and share songs and parts of songs written in a process that adds new chords and concepts at each turn. By the end, participants will not only have a bag full of songwriting assignments to bring back to their students (the blues, the I, IV, V, vi progression, the six chords of the key, the IV major to IV minor, Dr. Seuss, the time signature, the minor key) but will have written a couple of songs in the process! This workshop is aimed at intermediate and advanced learners, but methods of incorporating beginners will be discussed.

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Michael Finn

Music Teacher, Marshall High
On the path to attaining his dream job of teaching learning disabled students at a large urban public high school, Mike Finn spent his 20s traveling the country, playing bass in a touring rock band. He shared stages with artists such as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, and Joe Ely. Eventually he settled in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles and today is a Resource Teacher and the Special Education Department Chair at John Marshall High... Read More →
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Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy. | Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom D