Song Collection – Oral History Workshop

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Date(s) - 05/01/2021
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sigal Museum of Northampton County




In this virtual song collection workshop, Oral History Summer School director Suzanne Snider will guide participants through an engaging exploration of historic and contemporary song collection practices before inviting participants to try them out in a supportive environment. This workshop involves presentation, discussion and practice (Yes, maybe a little singing!) with an emphasis on coming together to tell stories. Snider will discuss the ways that song collection can be an especially powerful invitation for the very young, the very old, for those dealing with memory loss and/or brain injuries, for those speaking across difference and for those who employ nontraditional communication styles.

Please note: No musical proficiency is required. If you can stumble through Row Row Row Your Boat, you are qualified to attend!

Pre-registration is required; tickets are free!

1 PM introductions and exercise
1:30-2:15 presentation
2:30-3 work in pairs with prompts (and possibly record)
3:15-4 discussion/collection and composition examples
4-4:30 listening to what we recorded

A Zoom link will be sent to all participants before the workshop.