Everyone Has a Story

I believe that everyone has a story to tell, as well as untapped creative potential to turn that story into art. In this 90-minute presentation and workshop, which can be tailored for kids in the middle school or high school age groups, I introduce students to the storytellers within themselves. With prompts and examples from my own songwriting process, we work together to find inspiration, learn about lyrical structure, and condense their stories into three-minute pieces. This presentation also includes a basic introduction to coming up with a melody, but the main focus is upon honing lyrical creative skill. 

Music History: Women Songwriters of the 1970s

The 1970s led to the birth of modern feminism, and the political climate of the time gave rise to many talented women songwriters. In this hour-long presentation, I introduce high school and adult audiences to the women's movement of the 1970s and its effect upon the music scene of the time. This will be done through a hybrid of lecture and my own renditions of songs by musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Janice Ian, and Carly Simon, performed live.