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Songwriting Program with Claire Ness

This songwriting program is divided into four steps:

1.  We will listen to clips of your favourite songs and learn about song structure, choosing the right words, rhyme scheme etc. – 45 min
2.  Using a fun writing technique called the Universe Poem, we will go through a creative-flow process to make a list of words and ideas that will become the skeleton of our song. – 45 min
3. Taking our Universe Poem, we will now put it into a song structure, find the right words to fill it out, paint a picture or tell a story for the listener. This is the meat to our skeleton. – 45 min
4.  With the class divided into groups of 3 or 4, each group will take time to develop the song in their own way, practice together, then share the song with the class. – 45 min

Grade Suitability:

K-12

Maximum Class Size:

25

Time Required:

4 hours + 1 hour prep time

Material Required:

Paper, pencils, Wi-Fi and YouTube access.

Material Cost:

none

Language of Instruction:

English, French

Communities:

All

Claire Ness

Claire Ness is a singer/songwriter, actor, clown and circus teacher born and raised in Whitehorse. She studied comedy at Humber in Toronto, circus arts at École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal, and has over ten years of experience working with and entertaining kids.

Claire founded the Yukon Circus Society in 2011 and teaches circus arts throughout the Yukon, often travelling with a giant swing set rig used to offer aerial silks and hoop workshops outdoors at festivals, or indoors at special events.

Never far from her guitar, Claire writes music in many genres, in both English and French, for both adults and kids. She has released three roots/blues albums – “On the Trail” in 2017, “Jackfish Girl” in 2014, and “Hopeless Romantic” in 2013 . She is currently working on her fourth album “Broccoli Farm”,  which will be her first album for kids. Past performances include Break Out West Festival, Folk on the Rocks, Dawson City Music Festival, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Augusto Children’s Festival, HomeRoutes House Concerts, Alaska Folk Festival, Yukon Sourdough Rendezous Festival and French Culture Concerts in the Schools.

Contact: 867-332-0375

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