The residency would consist of Mitch working with small groups of no more than 30 children at a time.
He will do a performance of several of his original songs as an intro to songwriting.
He will then break these songs down, sharing with the students the initial inspiration for each song. Then he'll show them how a song is built, from inspiration to the telling of the story, to basic verse, verse, chorus, verse, verse, bridge, last verse, last chorus, song structure.
This simple, effective structure works for any style of song and is adaptable for 4th through 12th grade students.
To involve students in the process of writing a song.
To show students how songwriting is an extension of storytelling/story writing.
To share with the students the experience of communicating through music, songwriting, and storytelling and how important it is to clearly communicate our emotions, ideas and beliefs.
To introduce the students to basic elements of harmony, melody, and time structure.