A Symphony of Whales
pop songs average three minutes, but what about whale songs? Like
a symphony, Humpback whale songs may last 20-30 minutes. In their
haunting complexity, we humans glimpse the eons of whale evolution.
Learn about whales and their encounters with humans. Listen to a
true tale of arctic rescue and an Eskimo legend that cautions against
taking more than you need. Enter the underwater world of darkness
and cold. Simulate communication within a whale pod, and hear Steve's
unforgettable "Whale Trilogy," a solo violin piece played
with these mysterious songs of the deep.
Weaving together science and performance, this workshop
will apply the concepts of "integrating the arts into classroom
curriculum" to a specific program on oceans and whales. Teachers
can use this as a model for applying a similar integrated approach
to other topics. See also An Author's Interview
and A Symphony of Whales.
Math, Music & Mozart
centuries people have observed a strong correlation between music
and math. Many classical composers had a keen interest in mathematics.
Mathematicians and scientists from Kepler to Einstein have been equally
fascinated with music. Now current research suggests music can actually
stimulate our brains in ways that enhance math and reasoning skills.
How can we use music to enrich math classes? We'll
start by exploring the mathematical building blocks of music, both
by listening to recordings and by making our own music. From simple
hand clapped rhythms and rounds to fugues, symphonies, vibrating
strings and empty soda bottles, math forms the basis of nearly all
musical architecture. We'll look at ways of using the "Mozart
effect" in the classroom, ideas on making math more fun with
music and movement, along with practical suggestions on teaching
math concepts with music.
All Strings Considered
times we think there's just one way to play an instrument or compose
a piece. But in fact, whether music is written down, played "by
ear," or improvised on the spot, the possibilities are endless.
This workshop offers a liberating look at the many different violin
sounds and styles from Bach to Bluegrass, Irish to Jazz. Steve will
perform some of his own compositions, offer ideas on various influences
and creativity, and engage students in a discussion based on their
own questions and observations. If desired, the workshop may be
structured as a master class, with students playing (or improvising)
some of their music too. Ideal for orchestra/band students and teachers.
Your Skin, My Skin (Character/Citizenship)
you didn't speak English, and maybe your hair, clothes and skin
looked different too? Or imagine what your world would look like
if you were a reptile, a whale, or a dragon, with alien skin and
The underlying premise of this workshop is that the
arts can reach children (and adults) in ways that rote memorization
and lecture do not. Music and stories get inside us. They allow
us to enter other worlds in our imaginations, experience different
circumstances, different choices, then return to our own world a
bit the wiser.
"We're all one
tribe, though different tongues,
We're so many colors, some old and some young.
I dance with you, you dance with me,
Weaving our movements in one tapestry..." - Steve Schuch
Join award-winning musician, educator and children's
author Steve Schuch in exploring different kinds of skin (including
animal and plant skins) as a way to teach character-citizenship
values: Empathy... Honesty... Tolerance... Respect... Compassion....
We'll focus on music, stories, creative writing and art projects
that deepen our understanding of other skins, of other ways of living.
Bring a journal, portable tape recorder, comfortable clothes and
a willingness to try new things.
Recommended bibliography, song sheet handouts, and
other resources will be available, along with Steve Schuch's recordings,
storybooks and songbooks.