School Workshops

 

Where Do Songs Come from?

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A WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE FOR GRADES 4-12

OFFERED IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH

I AM MIMI O’BONSAWIN, AND I’M A SINGER/SONGWRITER. FROM AS EARLY AS I CAN REMEMBER, MUSIC HAS BEEN A WAY FOR ME TO CONNECT TO THE WORLD—TO EXPLORE NEW IDEAS, LISTEN TO STORIES, LEARN ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE AND TO RAISE MY VOICE ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER TO ME.

I BELIEVE THAT WE ALL HAVE POWERFUL STORIES TO TELL AND MEANINGFUL SONGS TO SING!

MY FIRST NATIONS AND FRENCH CANADIAN ROOTS RUN DEEP AND HAVE NOURISHED AN APPRECIATION AND RESPECT FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF BOTH MUSIC AND STORY!

THROUGH MY NEW PROGRAM, RHYTHM & RHYME, I WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOU EXPLORE HOW THE ART OF SONGWRITING CAN BECOME A WAY FOR YOU AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH WHOM YOU WORK TO TELL YOUR OWN STORIES AND CONNECT WITH THE STORIES OF OTHERS.

 

**** EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SONG CREATING AND STORY TELLING. ****

60 Minute Workshop Sessions

TOGETHER, WE’LL EXPLORE THE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION THAT SURROUND US EVERYDAY. FROM THE LITTLE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT A PARENT OR RELATIVE MIGHT GIVE US, TO A SIMPLE EMAIL CONVERSATION WITH A FRIEND; FROM SOMETHING INTERESTING WE NOTICED WHILE WALKING TO SCHOOL, TO AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE OF BEAUTY BY A LAKESIDE. SONGS COME FROM BEING ATTUNED TO THE LIFE THAT WE LIVE AND EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY.  WE WILL FIND OUT WHERE SONGS COME FROM AND WHY WE NEED THEM. WE’LL ALSO THINK ABOUT WHERE SONGS GO AFTER THEY ARE WRITTEN. HOW DO WE BRING THEM TO THE WORLD SO THAT OTHERS CAN APPRECIATE AND ENJOY THEM?

AND IN BETWEEN ALL OF THAT, WE’LL SING TOGETHER, MOVE TOGETHER AND SIMPLY ENJOY THE MUSIC!

YOUR WORKSHOP BOOKING INCLUDES: 

– CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES TO HELP PREPARE FOR MY VISIT
– FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES TO EXTEND THE WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

School Performances

45-60 MINUTES, 3 PIECE BAND

BEING PART OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE IS A POWERFUL FORM OF COMMUNICATION. GETTING TO BRING MY SONGS AND MUSIC TO LIFE IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORK THAT I DO.

I WOULD LOVE TO INCLUDE A LIVE PERFORMANCE (OR TWO) IN OUR PLAN FOR YOUR SCHOOL. I’LL BRING MY BAND ALONG AND WE’LL GIVE A 45 MINUTE CONCERT EXPERIENCE THAT IS SURE TO ENTERTAIN BOTH YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART.

I CAN TAILOR MY PERFORMANCE TO MEET A VARIETY OF AGES AND SIZES OF AUDIENCE. WE’LL INTEGRATE SOME AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION INTO THE CONCERT AND THERE MAY EVEN BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF YOUR STUDENTS TO JOIN US ON STAGE TO SING ONE OF MY SONGS WITH ME AND THE BAND!

LINKS

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Grade 4 Students Singing Be Brave

 

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

I was given hand written letters from students after my last workshops. Here are a few.....