GRADES 6-12 • VALERIE ORTH
In Song Camp, songwriting and collaborative beatmaking are the framework for nurturing social-emotional development. Participants have the chance to create beats and instrumental accompaniment using music software, and to record a song in a professional recording studio over multiple sessions. The classroom is a safe space to grapple with and express experiences, and to develop personal style through powerful, original lyrics and melodies. Dialogue, cooperation and creative expression are paramount to a healthy community, and Song Camp is an opportunity to practice identifying and resolving communal challenges constructively, ultimately improving participants’ outlook on their future and that of their community.