From the Classroom: SONGWRITING!

This week was super exciting as we had a superstar guest teacher: playwright/composer Julia May Jonas! She taught us about songwriting for theater and gave the students a crash course in different styles (from Taylor Swift to Rent). The kids couldn’t help but laugh at the Ethel Merman samples – they’d never heard such a funny voice.

Afterwards, Julia worked with each playwriting group to figure out where the songs would fit best in their plays, and to help develop melodies. Some students chose emotional love ballads, others fast-paced plot-advancing rap songs.

On Friday, we spent some productive time working through the middles and into the ends of our stories. Weddings, reveals, betrayals…everything was happening! We put aside a big chunk of time to have the playwrights read their stories and sing their songs to us, and each student responded with a piece of “popcorn”-style commentary.

We ended the day with some cookies and compliments – and we can’t wait to continue writing next week!


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