Project Description

In this collaborative songwriting and storytelling program, classrooms will build and gather around a
paper campfire before going on an imaginative journey of their own devising. Harmonicas in the key
of C will be given to each student to keep. These instruments will be incorporated into each new
song written by the group. Turn-based gameplay using dice and a class-made map serves to provide
story and material for their original songs. New musical instruments will be introduced by the
instructor as the story unfolds.

Groups with more than 15 participants are strongly encouraged to split in half and stagger engagements.
We understand, however, if this is not possible.

Final Product

Apart from receiving a new harmonica, students will have created a map of their devised journey and
helped write and record new songs, of which they will get digital copies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn the vocabulary and steps around building a campfire.
  • Students will be able to identify different parts of a string instrument.
  • Students will learn the basics of playing the harmonica.
  • Students will learn about simple elements important to good storytelling.
  • Students will gain experience making music as a group.

Suggested Grades

1st-5th grade

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 3 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $4.00 per student
  • Travel from Eugene

See some of Alex’s music here

Why I teach:

Beyond the fun, I love guiding others on a journey through creativity. I’ve always had a knack for working with kiddos; I’m great at saying “yes, and” to their natural creativity. With each group, I strive to leave behind more confident artists as they inevitably leave me a better teacher and artist.” –Alex Mauney

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