Passion Collaboration Communication Creative Thinking
Igniting students’ passion for literature through collaborative songwriting education.
What Others Are Saying About STYLE
The program is a wonderful and unique approach to sharing works of fiction and nonfiction.
I couldn’t ask for a better way to entice students into the joys of literature.
The plans reflect the group’s commitment to the Common Core State Standards. This was the most impressive part of the program – the teaching artists truly modeled, scaffolded, and assessed extended book talk for the students.
The STYLE Program brought to life challenging concepts like theme, rhyme scheme, revision and collaboration. Students were engaged, pushed to step out of their comfort zone, proud of what they accomplished, and wished the experience lasted longer. As a teacher, I was able to authentically join my students in a creative process and see them through a lens that was priceless.
STYLE songwriting workshops give students an unforgettable experience with the written word. It gives them a chance to experience the craft and magic of flinging words into the air on a pair of musical wings.
“The Bushwick teaching artists did an amazing job of inspiring the group to play with fiction in a new and non-threatening way and… even students who I thought might resist the whole exercise, bought in.”
“They were clear communicators, on time, organized, engaged the teens the whole time, managed the classroom well, and managed the time well. They instructed enough for the teens to learn about Foley, but did not bore them. They used proper vocabulary and encouraged the teens to use the correct terminology, but again it was integrated and did not feel like “school”. They clearly LIKE and get teens and it showed. Most importantly this was a super fun STEM program that was informative, interactive, a teen directed in that the teens said what needed to be done, and then thought about how to do it. The instructors were guides but did not lead, the teens led as a group. Every single teen learned something, participated and was engaged for over 1.5 hours. They paid attention to making sure that quieter teens were still involved but never called anyone out, they were careful to see when a quiet teen said something and then got them to participate then. By the end every teen wanted to be involved. One the best programs I’ve ever hosted for teens.”