FROM FIRST IDEA TO FINISHED SONG; A Creative Songwriting Workshop for grades 3-5. Roger Day’s songwriting workshop uses many of the same creative writing techniques that students are already learning in class – developing main ideas, brainstorming, editing, etc. Using these techniques and others, Roger guides students through 5 easy steps to write and record an original song in one class period. He opens the workshop with some of his original songs and explains the challenges he faced with each song and how he solved them. The students then move on to create their own original song by developing an idea and choosing music, brainstorming to refine the idea and editing their product to produce a final song in a fun and participatory process. Size limit is one class. Workshop length is one hour.
Roger Day believes in the power of imagination as the original – and still undefeated superpower. Throughout his 25-year career as a visiting artist and educator, that has been his north star when working with students and teachers alike. It informs his approach to both songwriting and presenting, whether that presentation occurs in a large assembly with hundreds of students, or a single classroom during a writing workshop. Roger has been writing and performing smart, original, interactive, high-energy children’s music for over 15 years. His clever lyrics & upbeat rhythms are infused with wry & silly observations about the world around us, and fun word play that tickles kids’ funny bones & moves them to think. An approved Dove Family Foundation artist & multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, his infectiously fun concerts are action-filled adventures exercising kids’ minds AND muscle, body AND brain; inspiring them to discover their own talents and to give flight to their imaginations. Roger is a former camp counselor and magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University touring over 100 shows/year entertaining & educating students across the US.