‘Song of America’ Educator Workshop in New York City on April 23

As part of the Song of America Curriculum Initiative, the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with partners throughout the country, is hosting a series of Song of America Educator Workshops during the 2015-16 season.

Our Second ‘Song of America’ Educator Workshop

April 23, 2016

9am – 4pm

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W. 120th St., New York, New York

This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.

Hampsong_workshopIn collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University
and Manhattan School of Music

Registration Fee:
General Attendee: $75
Discounted fee for TC or MSM Student: $25


(Limited scholarships from the Hampsong Foundation are available–please contact Christie Finn at [email protected] for more information)

The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs—poetry set to music—as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.

The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop.

Then, join us in Milbank Chapel (at Teachers College) for Song in Dialogue: A Learning Performance from 1:30-3pm! Singers from Teachers College and Manhattan School of Music will perform American classic songs and, in conversation with Mr. Hampson, will discuss the world of that particular song, and its place in telling the history of American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

In collaboration with Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College, Columbia University, who have a Music Education & Performance Dual Degree program, with special help from Teachers College, Columbia University Continuing Professional Studies and Manhattan School of Music’s Distance Learning Department.

Why should humanities educators care about music in their classrooms?

The Song of America Educator Workshops focus on using the free online resources of the Hampsong Foundation, including the Song of America online database (http://songofamerica.net) and the Song of America radio series (http://songofamerica.net/radio) to supplement subjects already taught in American classrooms.

The first phase of our initiative focuses on American poets Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes.

Master teachers leading the workshop include Richard Pearson Thomas (Teachers College, Columbia University), Dr. Susan Key (Star-Spangled Music Foundation; Community and Collegiate Partnership Adviser for the Pacific Symphony), Dr. Mark Clague (Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan), and Dan Tolly (past National Endowment for the Humanities Master Teacher).