As part of their study on 19th Century Reformers, the Eighth Grade Gold Team students at Amity Middle School in Bethany participated in a three-day songwriting workshop with Guilford singer/songwriter Laura Clapp Davidson. From the moment Laura entered the room, the students’ creativity engaged, as their minds were opened to the freedom of songwriting. Having researched their historical figures, and what their passions were for change, students created, wrote, and collaborated with Davidson to create a unique art piece that benefitted their understanding of who their person was and what it was that drove them to seek change in the world.
Reformers ranged from famous abolitionists like Frederick Douglass to more local heroes like Lyman Beecher. This was a new opportunity for many students to show their understanding through a different means of assessment. “We have some very talented students on our team who are not only gifted performers but amazing songwriters themselves” said Rob Murphy, Social Studies Teacher on the Gold Team. “It was amazing to see them take their knowledge of the person they came to learn so much about and translate their understanding of them through the expression of music.”
The songwriting workshop was made possible by a grant received from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities in the arts so that young artists and early career professionals can develop their talents and pursue their dreams. If you would like to learn more about the foundation and how you can support it, please visit its website at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org.
Guilford Singer/Songwriter Laura Clapp Davidson leads a songwriting workshop to Eighth Grade students in their social studies class through a grant made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.