Song of America for Educators

Bringing American classic song to K-12 classrooms

The Song of America Curriculum Initiative

In 2015, the Hampsong Foundation announced a new educational initiative based on Song of America, our multi-faceted project exploring the history of American culture through classic song—-poetry set to music. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Hampsong Foundation led Song of America educator workshops in Ann Arbor, New York City, and Los Angeles, as well as special events in Chicago and San Francisco.

Song of America offers high-quality online resources, including a 13-part radio series and the Song of America database (http://songofamerica.net), a catalogue of information and supplementary materials on American composers, poets, and songs, all free of cost. We are also developing a dedicated “For Educators” section on Song of America.

We invite you to listen to these programs online and to explore how one or all of them could enhance teaching and learning in your K-12 or college-level classrooms. We look forward to working with teachers to develop strategies to integrate these materials into language arts, history, civics, and other humanities classes, using classic song as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.

For more information and updates on this exciting initiative, join our mailing list. You can sign up here: http://hampsongfoundation.org/newsletter/. You can also email us at [email protected] with specific questions.

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2015 - Present

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Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning; New York City Dept. of Education; Teachers College, Columbia University; LA Opera; The Star Spangled Music Foundation; SongFest at the Colburn School; The WFMT Radio Network; Internet2; University Musical Society (UMS); University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance; The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; The Colburn School; Carnegie Hall; Glimmerglass Festival; Fenimore Art Museum / Farmers' Museum

Song of America: Telling the Story of American Culture

"Song of America: Telling the Story of American Culture" is a production of The Hampsong Foundation. It was produced by Miriam Lewin of Lavine Production Group, with camera and editing by Randi Cecchine. Our thanks to singers Catherine Swindle, Nita Baxani, and Justin Austin; pianist and composer Richard Pearson Thomas; the Stephen Gaynor School in New York City; and the staff at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Song of America

Celebrating American classic song – poetry set to music – with a database of composers, writers, and songs, and loads of educational materials

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Song of America Radio Series

This 13-program radio series reveals American classic song – poetry set to music by American composers – as a vibrant diary of the American experience.

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"Song, after all, is nothing more or less than a diary of human experience. It is the expression of the imagination that connects the dots of our existence, that helps us understand and articulate who we are, why we do what we do, and how we fit within the larger context."

Thomas Hampson

Press Features on the 'Song of America' Curriculum Initiative

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Classical Singer Magazine, July 2016

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Interview with Christie Finn, Managing Director of the Hampsong Foundation

Archival Material from Past 'Song of America' Curriculum Initiative Events

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Song of America Past Workshops and Events

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Song of America: Beyond the Song (June 2016) Archival Video

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Song of America: Song in Dialogue (April 2016) Archival Video

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Song of America in the Classroom: A Media Event (Dec. 2015) Archival Video

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Song of America Educator Workshop (Dec. 2015) Archival Materials

The 'Song of America' Education Team

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Thomas Hampson

Founder & Director, The Hampsong Foundation

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. He enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque.

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Susan Key

Song of America Curriculum Initiative Master Teacher & Advisor

After eleven years teaching high school, Susan Key earned a Ph.D. in musicology and taught at the College of William and Mary and Stanford University. Former Special Projects Director at the San Francisco Symphony, she is currently an Honors Affiliated Faculty member at Chapman University (California) and Executive Director of the Star Spangled Music Foundation.

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Emery Stephens

Song of America Curriculum Initiative Master Teacher

As a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice, Emery Stephens joined the music faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2017, where he teaches applied voice and performance studies courses. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Stephens holds music degrees from Gordon College (Bachelor of Arts), Boston University (Master of Music), and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.

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Caroline Helton

Song of America Curriculum Initiative Master Teacher

Dr. Caroline Helton is an associate professor of music (voice) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, as well as an associate of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Mark Clague

Song of America Curriculum Initiative Master Teacher & Advisor

'Song of America' Curriculum Initiative Master Teacher, musicologist, & Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Services at the University of Michigan

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Key Institutional partners in the 'Song of America' Curriculum Initiative

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Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning

Partner since 2007

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New York City Dept. of Education

Partner since 2016

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Los Angeles Opera

Partner since 2016

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Teachers College, Columbia University

Partner since 2016

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The WFMT Radio Network

Partner since 2010

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The Star Spangled Music Foundation

Partner since 2012

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