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Grammy-Award-Winning Songwriting that Gets Results,  Combining Arts, Education, and Community Outreach
Song Development - Music Production - Music Business Mentoring  - Recording -  Workshops - Artist Development

 

INNOVATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS COMBINING ARTS, EDUCATION, and COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Programs are quite flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular school. Bill is on the performing roster of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts . Besides those listed below, Additional curriculum integration  presentations and artist-in-residence programs can be offered or constructed to meet any topic in the area of music, science ,and computer technology, or Character Education and Service Learning.      

(for individualized programs on the craft and business of music, click here)


Bill Pere at Family Science Night,
New London, CT
 

Twice a featured speaker
at the CMEA Conference

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From a Middle-School Parent:  "My daughter really enjoyed your program.  She said you know how to talk to kids and make things interesting....

" From the New York Times:  "Bill Pere embodies the link between music and science"

From University of Connecticut Department of Career Services:  "Thank you very much for your participation in the University of Connecticut  Media and Music Speaker Series . The event went above and beyond our expectations, from the full house, which included University professional staff whom were very impressed themselves, to the glowing review that the campus paper gave to your presentation.  The phenomenal feedback continues as people are already requesting to view the DVD of the event. Without your involvement, the Speaker Series would not have been nearly as successful "

" High School My School" was included in the soundtrack for the radio program
 The New 3R's: Repairing, Redesigning, and Rebuilding Our Public Schools
broadcast by the Mainstream Media Project, October, 2005

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Bill and the Ensemble

• Service Learning In Action

This can be customized program from a full service Learning day to a LUNCH Ensemble Family Concert in the evening.  There is no cost to the school for this program.

In this innovative, award-winning program, Bill and his associates in the LUNCH Ensemble can

• Provide a memorable experience for students and parents of your school by blending arts, education, and community outreach

• Provide a day of discussion, case studies, and learning about issues of hunger and homelessneess right here in Connecticut, and how individuals have taken action to make a difference.

• Come to your school with an ensemble of kids, Grades 4-12, from several schools, and professional members of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, to present an evening concert

• Involve selected students from your school in choral and/or instrumental participation

• Model for students and parents how popular music can be used to produce positive social action, based on the example set by Harry Chapin and other socially active popular artists

• Raise awareness about local issues of hunger and homelessness, and show that individuals can make a difference in the lives of others

• Enable the kids to raise funds for a local soup kitchen or family service agency

• Bring to bear 25 years of experience in presenting events that involve kids and benefit the community

The Ensemble comes to the school on a Friday or Saturday evening, and presents a family concert of original songs and songs of the Harry Chapin legacy. The music and skits convey a message of acceptance and appreciation of differences between people, or any other positive message that the school wished to reinforce. The concert is open to the public. Students who have learned some of the songs by working with their music teacher may join the ensemble to sing on those songs. Most importantly, in getting to see the Ensemble, students get to see their peers, ages ranging from grades 4-12, contributing time and effort for the benefit of others. Students learn not only that volunteering can be fun, but that they as individuals can make a difference in the lives of others. Students can be involved in other aspects of the show such as promotion, program cover artwork, posters, etc. and as a prelude, can learn about some of the social issues in our own state, Since 1980, there have been hundreds of LUNCH Concerts across Connecticut. This event can be integrated into an overall social awareness program. See the website Photo Albums for a photo archive of past events.

If your school has a Community Service requirement for your students, participation in any LUNCH event is a great way to earn community service hours. (see www.lunchensemble.com)

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* Connecticut History Through Song

Bill and friends present songs from his "Profiles of Connecticut " CD,  specifically designed to complement the 4th through 6th grade history curricula. Vignettes of people and events in Connecticut history are brought to life by an Official Connecticut State Troubadour. . Discussion of Connecticut's history as a center for invention, from the revolution to the present , as well as Maritime and Revolutionary events.

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• Recording Studio Trip

Groups of up to 16 selected students can come to the LUNCH recording studio to record backing vocals on one of Bill's award-winning songs, to be released on a professional CD. Proceeds from sales of recordings are used to support local social service agencies. The school receives a CD of the music in advance, so that the music teacher can work with the students in preparation for the recording session. Hundreds of students have appeared on LUNCH CD's. While at the studio, the students can get a demonstration of various types of music technology . To date, LUNCH has released 13 CD's, featuring students from many different schools. On-site recording can be done as well to accommodate large groups.

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Expect the Unexpected

Math, Magic and Miracle -- A Look at Probability 

This presentation highlights concepts of probability by relating them to commonplace everyday decisions, and to scientific method. Designed for class-sized groups, the props , magic illusions, and hands-on activities give memorable counter-intuitive examples of probability at work. This presentation serves and an excellent bridge between math and science curricula. This presentation has been given as part of the CAMPY program for advanced middle school math students.          Well targeted for grades 6-10..

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First Draft it,
Then Craft It

• Songwriting Workshop

The creative process of songwriting draws on many different subject areas and cognitive skills. The process is rarely presented formally to students outside of specialized music schools at college or post-college level. The focus here, presented by a nationally published , award winning songwriter and educator, highlights the difference between expressing and communicating, and emphasizes the importance of communication as a life skill. As an all-day workshop. Students will have a chance to learn and apply the process of songcrafting. This program can be a daytime prelude to the evening concert program described above. As a follow-up some student-written compositions can be professionally recorded.  This is an excellent link between Language Arts, Music, and Social Studies, and cooperative learning programs.  Best for  Middle School through College.

(The program "Songwriting as a Curriculum Integration Tool ", encompassing  the elementary-high school  levels, is given as a teacher workshop - (see below.) )

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Math - Why Does it Matter ?

This program  takes a look at the essence of math as a language -- a means of communication when words are not the best vehicle for conveying information.  We explore the language of numbers in the arts, sciences, and everyday life.  Grades 6-12

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Career Path Presentations

What does it take to have a rewarding career in the arts or sciences? This presentation can be part of a school career day for students, or Bill can be a keynote speaker combining music and interactive discussion. Bill discusses the skills and character traits needed to be successful in either the arts or sciences. emphasizing the importance of a well balanced education as a key that unlocks many career paths.   As an all-day workshop, An MBTI component, linking personality preferences to career choices, can be added,  Bill is a certified MBTI practitioner.

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Problem Solving by the Scientific Method

The Scientific Method

Bill gives a memorable and entertaining presentation of the scientific method, what it takes to do a good experiment and present the results in a professional way. Using counter-intuitive props and examples,  the process of scientific inquiry is made real and given practical  utility in life.  For grades 6 and up, and any groups doing science fair projects or problem solving.

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One on One Mentoring

Mentoring, Job Shadowing, and Apprenticeships

Bill Pere and Kay Pere, both professional educators, provide customized, one-on-one mentoring in areas ranging from songwriting and composition, to stage and acting, to  physics and math.   Students have been helped with projects in science , music, and technology and can be guidance in independent studies,  service learning, and distance learning projects.  Distance learning and service learning consultantships can be arranged as well for gifted students with special needs.  Full recording and music technology studios available.

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Appreciating all forms of Life and Culture

Appreciating Differences in Others, and the Uniqueness of Self

Designed to enhance Character Education programs,  Bill, either with the Ensemble or solo, gives a presentation through song and discussion, with props and demonstration, of how we can appreciate the diversity of human kind, and the unique gifts that each individual has to offer in the Symphony of Man. (This can be the theme and basis for an evening concert, as described above), or done as a keynote presentation for a schoolwide Diversity Day. Particularly effective with class-size groups.   This presentation includes the unique "Powers of Ten" continuum of human perception.

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Fitch High School , Groton CT

THE ALL - SCHOOL PRODUCTION

As an accomplished stage producer and director,  Bill,  as part of  the LUNCH Service Learning  outreach, presents a year-long partnership between the school and LUNCH, culminating in a full music and theatrical production. There is no cost to the school for participating . In fact, events are usually successful enough so that LUNCH can make a donation back to the school in support of some school program or student assistance fund.

Twenty-six original productions have been put on since 1989, raising money to support local social service agencies and youth service bureaus. LUNCH shows are always family oriented, light hearted fun, with an subtly-stated message of social awareness and caring for others.

Students act, sing, and are involved in every aspect of a professional event, which is open to the community. Students get the opportunity to work with professional artists, and an ensemble of their peers from other schools is involved as well in presenting the program. LUNCH provides the director, script, technical expertise and core music ensemble, and works with the school to produce a well polished, lighthearted family show.

Professional direction, set, costumes, sound, lighting, video, programs, flyers, promotional announcements, etc all support an original script which can be tailored to the level of the participants.

These productions, done at both the High School and Middle School level, have raised thousands of dollars in support of community outreach programs. All proceeds are used to support local social services and to provide community outreach opportunities for kids through music and theater.

Many students who participate in our productions stay on to become regular members of the LUNCH Ensemble.

Interested schools should contact Bill Pere to arrange a meeting for further discussion  at  info@lunchensemble.com

For a look at some LUNCH Shows that have been presented in other schools, look at our Photo Albums at the LUNCH website.

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The Process of Song Crafting

WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS

Songwriting as a Tool for Curriculum Integration

Imagine a single activity that involves elements of  Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, Service Learning, Cooperative Learninng, and the Arts. Songwriting fits the bill perfectly, and  one of  today's most decorated songwriters, Bill Pere, presents a teacher workshop on how to make use of this activity. This program has been presented several times as a LEARN workshop. Songwriting is rarely taught in any formal school curriculum, but it is an art form which serves as a nexus for interrelating principles of many disciplines. Writing song lyrics, marrying them to music, and getting the combination to communicate effectively is a task that exercises the concrete and abstract, the sequential and the random, the subjective and objective, the creative and methodical. Teachers who work in teams or as individuals can effectively integrate songwriting into any part of any subject's curriculum, from Physics to Expository Writing. Students always respond positively to the universal language of music and song, and this is a sure way to make any topic seem a little more appealing to students who may otherwise not be engaged. This workshop provides concrete, usable exercises and techniques that can be applied in any classroom.

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WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS OR STUDENTS

• MBTI : Preferences for Learning and Communicating

 The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used preference profiling tool in the world. With amazing clarity, detail, and accuracy, it enables one to understand how other people prefer to give and receive information, follow instructions, approach tasks, and organize work. Used extensively in the professional workplace, MBTI fosters constructive use of differences between people. It is invaluable in facilitating positive effective parent-child, student-teacher, male-female, employee-boss, and peer-to-peer interactions.

A single half-day or full-day workshop by a qualified MBTI practitioner provides a solid foundation for improving communication, understanding, and the giving and receiving of information -- all fundamental cornerstones of teaching.  MBTI imparts tremendous self-awareness, and lays a solid foundation for appreciating and making positive use of differences between people.

MBTI has been researched worldwide for more than 50 years, with data from millions of people supporting the effectiveness of the information it provides. An environment where different preference profiles are recognized in a common way  is an environment where people can be free to be themselves, and to teach and learn at their best.

Bill is an APT-qualified MBTI practitioner, and programs will be tailored for your desired outcomes.

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Student's Voices

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY -- Consultation for Teachers and Schools

Recognized as one of Connecticut's foremost experts on Midi Technology and sound manipulation, Bill can recommend ways to maximize tge educational potential of music technology, while minimizing the initial and ongoing costs.

SOUND AND RECORDING SERVICES

Through his Sound Studio at KidThink Music, Bill also provides quality sound amplification and recording services for all school music and drama events.

COMBINING ARTS, EDUCATION, and COMMUNITY OUTREACH SINCE 1979

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Individualized Programs and Internships

 

Contact: 
 Bill Pere, 
 CT Songwriting Academy
 PO Box 511,
 Mystic CT   06355  

E-mail: 
info @ ctsongwriting . com

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