April Eight Kids and Kids & Family Songwriting Workshops teach children to develop and hone imagination and self-expression through music and writing skills while promoting leadership and collaboration. We sing a lot too! Mostly, it’s lots of fun.
We focus on themes that kids are already familiar with like Peace, Friendship, and Courage or occasionally goofy things like, say, Donuts. We brainstorm our ideas, feelings, and opinions and turn them into a song in about an hour or so – it is magical! And all the while we experiment and explore song-form, patterns and repetition, ways to connect imagery, and hey, can we add some clapping?
The best part of the whole process is how proud each kid is of his/her contribution to our songs. April has found that kids who don’t think of themselves as singers enjoy this as much as the ones that do – it is the collaborative creation that thrills the whole group. After the Workshop or as part of a Workshop/Performance package, the kids get a chance to jump up with April and perform our group-written songs for friends and family.
Here is a video of the Courage song we wrote at an after-school workshop.
After-School Workshop Sessions run from end-of-school-day until around 5:30. Don’t see your school on the list? Contact April right here to schedule some fun for your children or students. Also inquire about school-day songwriting for your social studies classes!
April has lead songwriting workshops regionally at:
The Carnegie, Covington
The Carnegie Center, Cincinnati
Clifton-Fairview German School
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
The Cincinnati Waldorf School
“I think people who write songs are genius, then I think they are even more amazing for being able to sing the song and play an instrument at the same time. April can do that AND share-write a song that includes 10 enthusiastic voices to the creative process. Mind boggling! Oliver cannot wait to go back again.” -M. Madison
“April is charming, joyful, creative and clearly in tune (no pun intended) with the kids in her camp…. Highly recommend!” – S. Gilbreath
“He just couldn’t get enough, he wanted to practice and learn the songs he and the others co-wrote with April.” -J. Stec
“It’s a wonderful way for children to experience a range of musical experiences rooted in peace and fun…and the final performance…well, it’s AMAZING!” – C. Schellhas
“April is a refreshing blend of musical brilliance, pure passion, exuberant energy, powerful presence (on stage and in life) and extreme intelligence.” -Robin O’Neal Kissel
“April Eight… It’s the kind of music that encourages the best part of childhood imagination, and reminds us grown-ups to honor what we knew so long ago, but may have forgotten.” -Carrie Newcomer, Grammy-winning Singer/Songwriter