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Bill Haymes

Composer’s Fellowship recipient and teaching artist Bill Haymes conducts professional development workshops nationally, leading teachers through a step-by-step process of rewriting familiar songs in order to explore and explicate a specific core-content topic, and to retain what is learned during that exploration. His basic workshop directly addresses the Common Core mandate to have all subjects support student literacy. He has worked as a teaching artist for over 30 years and is on the artists’ roster for the Utah Arts Council, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Arkansas Arts Council. His basic workshop — Songwriting for the NOT very musical — uses music and melody as its medium but is at its core a creative writing experience and an instructional technique designed for any classroom teacher, not just music specialists. Participants need no special musical skills. Because the core content topics are usually chosen from the science or history/social science fields, this songwriting process ties in directly with the Common Core mandate to support literacy in all subjects. Teachers in ELA, history/social science, science or technical subjects should find this instructional technique extremely helpful in "using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields." * *Passage quoted from "“ Implementing the Common Core Literacy

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