• Students Describe Songwriting Experience

Students Describe Songwriting Experience

students describe songwriting

And What They Have To Say May Surprise You Bert Ambrose Elementary School is located in Fort St John, B.C. This energetic city once claimed to be the Arts Capital of Northern British Columbia and in the fall of 2016 it was the location for the most ambitious school songwriting schedules I have ever been […]

The Value of Culture & Creative Risk Taking


Multi Cultural Children’s Album Featuring English, French & First Nation Students I don’t know if you have this experience too, but it seems like every day I have to remind myself of the difference between things that are important, and things that are urgent. It’s so easy to get distracted by the things that seem […]

Songs From Schools is Canadian Creativity

Songs From Schools

Songs From Schools Features First Nations, French and English Students From Across Canada After 18 years as a Canadian artist writing and recording music, I have to be honest…this album featuring songs written with students across Canada is one of the most exciting I’ve ever been part of.  Songs From Schools is a songwriting series […]

Powerful Songwriting & Storytelling Project


C’est Notre Histoire Ecouter Notre Historie (This is Our Story, Listen to Our Story) I just finished a powerful songwriting and storytelling project with a French Immersion school that I’m very excited to tell you about. I think it might inspire many of you teachers and administrators who would like to do something similar in […]

How to Create a Space to Try Something New


Students Need A Safe Place To Take The First Step Why We Desperately Need To Create A Safe Place Jerry Seinfeld told a joke a few years ago about a study that said people’s number one fear was speaking in public. Number two was dying. His punch line was that at a funeral, more people […]

How Slam Poetry Can Set Your Students Free


A Game-Changing Moment For Young Writers As a student I hated report cards. It wasn’t the mediocre grades that bothered me; it was the effect the teacher’s comments would always have on my parents. “Easily distracted” “disruptive in class” “passes too many notes” “preoccupied by narcissistic illusions of grandeur” haha…OK I admit, I made that last one […]

Students Discover The Power of Words


Film making School Project – The Art of Telling a Great Story A few months ago, a simple little idea snowballed into an awesome film making project in school. The whole production was such a success, I wanted to share it with you and explain how we did in case you’d like to use it […]

A Mind Blowing Family Travel Adventure


Mental Pilgrimagery & Exploding Hand Gestures We’d only been in the country for an hour and already New Zealand was a mind-blowing family adventure. “I’m going on a mental pilgrimage now. I’ll talk to you all later,” Our 19-year-old son Zion lobbed this lofty pronouncement from the backseat, as he organized his earphones and dubstep […]

Celebrating Indigenous Creativity & Culture


  ONYAT’A:KA Celebrating Student’s Creativity & Traditional Indigenous Culture This week 100 students from Standing Stone School, at Oneida Nation of the Thames, wrote and recorded original songs, 25 participated in filmmaking and another 20 in slam poetry. It was a celebration of Oneida creativity and indigenous culture. On Friday afternoon just before the end […]

The Buddy Bench Finds its Groove

No Buddy Gets Left Behind With This Anti Bullying Project The Buddy Bench has become a force to be reckoned on school playgrounds around the world. The idea is simple enough. There is a special bench on the playground. If someone is being bullied or left out and has no one to play with, they […]

Risks & Rewards of Slam Poetry


Haida Gwaii Literacy Coucil Invests in High School Slam Poets The Literacy Council of Haida Gwaii brought me to the community for a week of creative literacy projects, hosting slam poetry and songwriting workshops and presentations. It’s been rewarding, though not without a tremendous amount of creative effort. I’m very thankful for the relationships in this […]

Change Your Words Change the World


Change Your Words You Can Change The World! I spent four days in École Central Elementary School working with all 360 students to produce this multi media creative literacy project called, Change The World/Change le Monde. Since posting this video online, it has been viewed 9.9K times and was featured on CJDC TV news.  Words like ‘madhouse’ […]