Engage Your Students Through Songwriting & Multi Media Storytelling

Project Based Learning Promotes Team Building and the Roots of Empathy
Students write about subjects that matter to them, like school pride, anti bullying, being the change they want to see in their school and even disrespectful pirates. These songs can provide a focus point for the school year!

Through Songwriting & Multi Media Storytelling Students Experience the Value of Taking Creative Risks and Supporting Those Who Are Gifted Differently

Students work with a professional recording artist to write, record and perform an original song. A multi media producer helps them incorporate acting, visual art installations and stop animation to engage & empower as many students as possible through the process

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The Benefits of Creative & Cultural Investment

  • Student Engagement

    This project engages a wide variety of students who are gifted differently, incorporating music, singing, acting, art/drawing and stop animation

  • Roots of Empathy

    Creative collaboration requires empathy and support for the ideas of others. When we take creative risks, we encourage others to do the same, whether we mean to or not

  • Creative Thinking

    There is no such thing as failure in the creative process. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. These days, the ability to think creatively is essential for a student’s success

  • Learn From Other Cultures

    During the process of writing their own song, students will also learn some of the songs written by other French, English and First Nations schools across Canada

  • Professional Mentorship

    This is an exciting mentorship opportunity for students (and staff) to work with a professional songwriter, recording artist, producer, slam poet and writer

  • Incorporate New Technology

    Staff and students will also have the opportunity to incorporate new technology in the process of recording, filming and editing the music and video

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Students Discover Their Ability to Make a Difference

Songs From Schools uses songwriting and multi media storytelling as an opportunity to learn to work together creatively. It provides an environment where students with different gifts and abilities can succeed at the same time. Recognizing the value of those who are gifted differently is the foundation of empathy and creative collaboration.

Rik Leaf has worked with thousands of English, French Immersion and First Nations students across Canada since 2000. He's spent 18 years working in recording studios and on TV & Film sets and approaches students with the same level of enthusiasm and respect as any other creative project. Without exception, students rise to the challenge!

'Listen to our Story' is an Exciting Children's Album Featuring Songs From English, French & Indigenous Students Across Canada

Listen to Our Story/Écoutez Notre Histoire features 10 original songs written and recorded with students from Kátł'odeeche First Nation in NWT, Oneida Nation of the Thames in Ontario, French & English students in Winnipeg, MB, Fort St John and Victoria, B.C.

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Listen To The Feedback From Teachers & Administrators!

Our school wrote a song called, Change le Monde, and it really became our rally cry and helped us focus on our goals as a community. Throughout the year we play the song over the intercom when we have an assembly, so all the students can sing 'their' song as they walk through the halls. It's a great way to get excited and stay focused

Broyden Bennett, Principal, Ecole Central Elementary School, Fort St John, B.C. Broyden Bennett, Principal, Ecole Central Elementary School, Fort St John, B.C.

Rik helped our students create a music video about standing up to bullies. The students had developed a strategy with the acronym BFF, but they needed help writing a song and filming the video. We expected the video to be of the kids singing and dancing. Rik took the idea much further and came up with a concept that delivered a deeper message about the power students have to stand up for each other. He developed relationships with our students that they will always treasure.

Ashley Beck, Teacher, Chief Sunrise Education Centre, Katlodeeche First Nation, NT Ashley Beck, Teacher, Chief Sunrise Education Centre, Katlodeeche First Nation, NT

You tease all our senses through your performance and what you leave behind is a warm memory and the desire to open the floodgates of our own creativity. Your workshops inspired our youth and helped feed their creative spirits, and your performances left memories which will last a life time. Who could ask for more....Mahsi Cho!

Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District, NWT Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District, NWT

Here's a 4 Minute Video of French Immersion Students

C'est Notre Histoire Ecouter Notre Histoire (This is Our Story Listen to Our Story)
Over the course of 5 days, students at Ecole Central school wrote, recorded and performed this song, while creating the visuals and acting out scenes for the video.

Watch this 3 Minute Video featuring Indigenous students from Oneida Nation of the Thames

ONYAT'A:KA = Oneida or Standing Stone, U:kwehuwe = People, I:neh ka'i:ka = this is me. Lao Anton, the traditional language teacher at Standing Stone School, helped incorporate Onedia language into this song that celebrates the clans that make up the school community

Here's a 3 Minute Video of Students from an Inner City School in Fort St John, B.C.

Alwin Holland is a large inner city school in Fort St John. The students communicated the value of accepting everyone's differences and being the change they wanted to see in the world

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