WRITE A SONG, CHANGE THE WORLD
Empowering students to write their own songs and demystifying the writing process, Ben uses examples from his award-winning albums to illustrate how great songs, like great stories, follow a narrative form with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Employing basic concepts in literacy, students brainstorm specific imaginative details to create compelling characters and events, and then translate these ideas into lyrics. Using this participant-generated material, Ben demonstrates how a range of musical styles including funk, rock, reggae, bluegrass, and jazz can be paired with lyrics to invent a fully formed new song.
Reinforces English Language Arts, Music, History and Social Science, Multicultural Studies, and Spanish Language curricula.
DISSOLVING BORDERS WITH LANGUAGE & SONG
In this dynamic, multicultural program, Ben uses call and response techniques to engage children in both Spanish and English. His Latin GRAMMY winning original, music seamlessly weave together lyrics in both languages and a multitude of styles (salsa, bossa nova, merengue etc.) to create irresistible tunes that are both catchy and educational. For English-speaking children, the concert offers an excellent introduction to Spanish vocabulary and Latin-influenced music. For native Spanish-speaking children, the songs reinforce the value of their culture and language.
Reinforces Spanish Language, English Language Arts, Music, Multicultural Studies, and History and Social Science curricula.
Mundo Verde | Protecting our One Earth
In this interactive assembly, Ben guides students to draw the connection between exploration and appreciation of nature and the desire to conserve, protect, and defend the world in which we live. By incorporating scientific information into his engaging, dynamic songs, Ben helps students learn important facts about biology, ecology, and physics. Children’s inherent curiosity about the natural world is a great jumping-off point for inspiring budding eco-activists.
Reinforces Science and Technology, English Language Arts, Music, Multicultural Studies, and Spanish Language curricula.
MUSIC PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS
In this hands-on workshop, Ben transforms a classroom into a fully functioning recording studio. Students learn how to setup microphones, connect audio equipment, and conduct a multi-track recording session. Youth are encouraged to bring instruments and everyone can take part in the music creation process by playing improvised percussion, singing, and making sound effects. Participants will learn about recording software and collaborate with Ben to mix and master a song together. The final product is an MP3 that is shared with students and families.
INTRODUCES AUDIO Technologies, RECORDING TECHNIQUES, STUDIO PROCESS, AND MULTI-TRACK MIXING.