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Writing Songs to Learn

Artist: Sue Trainor

Type: Residencies


Singing is a whole-brain activity. Songwriting strategies for creating and producing melody and rhythm address music standards. Language Arts standards, such as identification of a main idea, exploration, organization, and restatement using imagination and poetic language skills, are enhanced and taught at the same time. In this music residency, each teacher selects a song topic for the class from current curriculum. In addition to learning about songwriting tools and structure, students manipulate the content using higher level thinking as they apply their knowledge, experience, and perspective to the task. An excellent curriculum assessment tool, the potential uses for songwriting as an integrated classroom application are endless.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.


Audience Limit: 25 students per classroom

Program Length: 3 (minimum) to 5 (ideal) sessions per classroom

Appropriate for Grades:
2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Assembly Price: $475

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: $781

Workshop Cost per Day: $100 per session

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply.

Technical Requirements



Music in our Schools Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

American History
Creative Writing
Language Arts