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Preposterous Parodies Arts-integrated Residency

Artist: Alden Phelps

Type: Professional Development

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Preposterous Parodies Arts-integrated Residency: Teaching the Curriculum through Creative Lyrics

Artist, musician and teacher Alden Phelps has performed concerts and shows in schools, theaters and festivals for over twenty years. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and more recently the Teaching Artists Institute, Alden leads arts-integrated songwriting residencies through Young Audiences of Maryland. Alden is also a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist.

*All workshops longer than 90 minutes include an on-site orientation meeting.


-Customized arts-integrated residency for grades 3-5

-You choose the curriculum topic: a unit from science, history, reading, etc.

-3-6 workshops per classroom

-A culminating concert for classes to perform their parodies

-Reinforces many language arts skills in addition to topical curriculum

Grant $ is available to fund this residency!


Why Parody?

We love to create parodies! Students that aren’t inspired by fractions, Maryland history or earth science will come alive when they can use their knowledge creatively. How Can I Use Parody Songwriting in the Classroom? Parody songwriting is best used to help students retain knowledge that they’ve recently learned. It’s a great project to use at the end of a unit: the students will review all the information as they write. Songwriting is an exercise in collaboration. Students learn to share, collaborate, compromise and offer useful critique. See student lyrics written with Alden at:


*All workshops longer than 90 minutes include an on-site orientation meeting.


Audience Limit: NA

Program Length: 90 minutes

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


Assembly Price: NA

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: NA

Workshop Cost per Day: $500 for 90 minutes, $815 for full day, plus mileage

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fees may apply

Technical Requirements


Curriculum Connections

21st Century Skills
American History
Character Education
Creative Writing
Environmental Science
European History
Language Arts
Latin American History
Physical Education
Physical Science
World History