Goal: The goal of this exchange is to have students from two different schools/countries build a friendship and understanding with each other using songwriting as a tool to facilitate this process.
PHASE 1: Introductions
To kick the project off introductions will be filmed of the Strathcona students to show in Iyoli on a projector along with a video/photographic tour of the school. All content will be on the website and shown to the sister school in Tanzania. Iyoli kids will do the same.
PHASE 2: Your Home
Your home is your house, and more. Your home is your family, your neighbourhood, your country. It can also be your ideas, your culture, and anything that makes you comfortable in your environment. Create sounds, pictures, videos and words that come from observing the things around you. That could be recording the sound of the crickets in the field or drawing a picture of your favouite food, it might be a picture of you in your hockey uniform or a video of your cat. Think of the things that make you feel excited about your home and how you can share that with your sister school. This phase will last 2 weeks.
Students will break off into small groups and take pictures, draw, video and record their environment. Each person in the group will have a chance to be in charge of a camera which will allow students to be on their own taking pictures/videos in the community. The content they create will be uploaded to a WordPress site.
Groups will look at the growingWordPress site before each session and be encouraged to ask questions in the comments section (a translator will be available). This is the most important part of the project because it’s where students make their home environment come to life allowing students the opportunity to know each other in a deep way.
Questions to ask…
What sounds do you hear as you fall asleep and when you wake up?
What is your favorite colour and what does it remind you of?
Draw a picture of your home
Take a picture of your classroom
What makes you laugh?
What makes you curious?
Draw a picture of your family
What things make you feel at home (food, siblings, etc)?
What makes you feel happy?
What patterns do you hear in the music you listen to?
PHASE 3: Creation
This phase is about making a song. Each group will now choose a theme to focus on for their group’s song. Go back to the exploration phase and use ideas generated by your observations. The song does not have to be perfect but it has to say something about yourself and your life.
Questions to ask…
What your song is about?
What do you want to say to the people listening?
What visuals represent your song?
What are the small details of your song idea?
PHASE 4: Empathy
Learn and sing each other’s songs. Now that the songs have been created groups will become one again and each school will choose ONE of the songs created by the sister school and learn it. This will be recorded and uploaded to the website. The instruments and environment will be different but the song will be the same.
Questions to ask…
What have you learned about your sister community by hearing and singing their songs?
How are the rhythms different?
How does the song transform?
Do you feel like you are in another place?
Phase 5: Presentation and Party
Part of the joy of creating music is performing to people. Students will present their songs to the community with a live feed to the sister school. It will be a big party with everyone involved.