New Beginnings: After the Wildfire Season
Saturday, February 27, 2021* 12-4pm (PT) on Zoom

Our mission for this project is to collaborate with and share stories from those who have experienced the 2020 wildfires first-hand. We hope to spread empathy and awareness through song.

As part of this workshop you will explore a new creative outlet, build community with people from around the world, collaborate with compassionate musicians, and learn new artistic and interpersonal skills. You will be challenged to be open, honest, and vulnerable while helping others do the same. Together as a community we will explore what it means to begin again.

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New Beginnings: Veterans Workshop
Saturday, March 20, 2021* 12-4pm (ET) on Zoom

Our mission for this project is to collaborate with and share stories from veterans from around the country. We want to hear how you have been coping with the turmoil of the past year. We hope to spread empathy and awareness through song.

As part of this workshop you will explore a new creative outlet, build community, collaborate with compassionate musicians, and learn new artistic and interpersonal skills. You will be challenged to be open, honest, and vulnerable while helping others do the same. Together as a community we will explore what it means to begin again.

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Intro to Documentary Songwriting (Virtual Edition)
July 19-25, 2021

In this course you will:

  • Become proficient in the Documentary Songwriting Method
  • Learn to communicate effectively and empathetically with communities in crisis
  • Attend workshops and collaborate with industry professionals
  • Build confidence through experiential learning

Prerequisites:

  • 2-3 years experience studying a musical instrument
  • Experience singing in solo or group settings
  • Basic music theory knowledge
  • Ability to hear intervals
  • Knowledge of basic chords and progressions (I-IV-V, I-V-vi-IV, etc.)
  • Openness to working in a collaborative setting with stories that could be sensitive in nature

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Past Events


Songs of #MeToo—A Prelude of Change
Documentary Songwriters and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
7pm, Friday August 7, 2020

Six women from across the U.S. have co-written songs from their stories of sexual misconduct and domestic violence. In this program, these songs are performed by up-and-coming artists.

“Songs of #MeToo—A Prelude of Change” pairs these songs with the preludes to Bach’s Cello Suites. As the women represented here find their voices through song, the cello finds its voice through Bach’s preludes. This program is a journey of discovery and becoming.

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Red Cross Asylum Workshop
Antwerp, Belgium
March 31st – April 6th, 2019

This workshop features a collaboration between DocSong teaching artists and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. This workshop was made possible by a grant from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp’s Arts in Society Program.

Sample song at: Voice of the Others
 

Identities Project
International Hall, London
April 1st – April 7th, 2018

The songs in this project come from people from contrasting cultures, such Iraq, the United Kingdom, and the Côte d’Ivoire. What the songs may reveal is grace and strength. Each song feels like an unanticipated treasure. This project was made possible by a private donation.

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