Creative Artist Residency: Songwriting

with YAO (in French)
Grade 5-12 Music Workshops

Ages 10-18

Available in French only

Designed specifically for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Residence (Education) program, this five-hour residency explores the links between writing (poetry), literature and various styles of urban music, especially slam.

In five steps, it investigates various creative writing tools and techniques, ranging from the virtual to the conventional. Students are then guided to finish the workshop by developing a text through a specific creative writing exercise. The aim is to provide a history of this style and help young people understand its origins and fundamentals. The demystification of this cultural movement will teach them basic concepts such as the art of rhetoric, the importance of writing and literary creation, and the importance of the learning and self-development that prevail in this art form.

Step 1: Think so you can create without thinking (1st dimension)

Step 2: Dare to think outside the box (2nd dimension)

Step 3: The little secret of a rich text (3rd dimension)

Step 4: How do professionals do it?

Step 5: It’s time to jump in with both feet!

Workshop facilitator Yao has been leading writing workshops for students and professional artists for over 10 years now. In 2018, he received the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award.

Objectives: Language Arts, Music

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.