Facilitated by ChamberSoul singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker, “Tapestry of Songwriting” can be structured as a 1 day workshop, multiple-day residency, and/or “informance” for music classes, specials (orchestra or chorus), and regular classes. The experience is designed to introduce students and teachers to the essential components of song form (verse, chorus/hook, bridge, intro, outro); the relationship between melody, harmony, lyrics; and the role of musical storyteller through the art of songwriting. “Tapestry of Songwriting” can take a curriculum-based or thematic (i.e. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”; “Its Cool to Be Kind”; “Snow Day”, etc) approach. In some instances where a whole grade/entire school is reading the same book, “Tapestry of Songwriting” translates essential elements of the story into to song that the students create the lyrics for and provide essential input for the development of musical components. At the end of each experience, students are encouraged to share/perform their completed song along with Shana. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Zff7UHuJs&feature=youtu.be
With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer songwriter Shana Tucker’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana incorporates workshops, outreach and artist-in-residence opportunities wherever in the world her performances take her. She currently teaches with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, working with pre-k teachers to incorporate arts into their curricula. She was also a teaching artist for The Smith Center for Performing Arts and Clark County Public Schools — Las Vegas; Mallarme Chamber Players and Wake County Public Schools — NC; DC Public Schools — Washington DC; and San Diego School District — CA.