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Nicole Edwards and Andrea McColeman - Songwriting

Discover your muse and develop your songwriting skills with Nicole Edwards and Andrea McColeman These local songwriter-recording artists will work with you to explore lyrics, song structure and melody and accompaniment.
Nicole and Andrea will work with groups (Nicole with intermediate, Andrea with primary students) to learn about the different parts of a song, and some techniques for writing poetry/lyrics.  Students will then be guided through a brainstorming session coming up with lyrics, either as a group or individually.
The next step will be to bring the song to life with melody and accompaniment. Each potential song gets a session with Nicole and Andrea together -Nicole helps construct the melody (in some cases singing it for the really shy ones) while Andrea works with different instruments to get the “feel” or “mood” of the song and put the musical accompaniment together. We record the end result and the class/group/child gets a digital version of their very own song.
This session includes a short performance by Nicole and Andrea, with questions and answers.
The artists are happy to go to communities and install themselves in your school for a couple of days Please be aware that 2 artists are involved in this program.
Andrea has a number of other programs she could run while at the school including intro to marimba, discovering djembe drums, crash course piano lessons and coaching students for a performance. See Artist in the School website or catalogue for details of these.

Grade Suitability:

1-12 (kids interested in songwriting)

Maximum Class Size:

Small classes of interested kids (12ish)

Time Required:

Approx 3 hours per group spread out among a few sessions, and depending on age, some independent work in between.

Material Required:

None but we would happily use any instruments the school can provide - ie. piano, guitar, drums.

Language of Instruction:

English and Nicole speaks French

Communities:

All

Availability:

For communities - May and June only, for in town various times throughout the year.

Nicole Edwards

Mt Lorne musician, Nicole Edwards is currently working on her 5th CD of original compositions. She is enthusiastic about the songwriting process whether facilitating workshops, participating in song circles or co-writing. Nicole has a background of working with youth including being the first and founding Executive Director of BYTE (Bringing Youth Towards Equality) for 5 years. Nicole has also worked in schools and with home schooled groups to facilitate primary level singing and action songs that promote rhythm, improvisation and the love of music. Nicole is a mentor with Yukon Women In Music (YWIM)’s mentorship program.

Nicole est a l’ease en francais

“Edwards’ complex voice ranges from fiery grit to sweet warm honey and her lyrics will move your soul, inspire, and make you giggle.”
Leslie Ross, KHNS–FM, Program Director, Haines, Alaska

On YouTube and Facebook at Nicole Edwards Music

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