Integrating the study of environmental science and musical composition.

Inspiring Stewardship is an interactive educational program exploring our creative relationship with nature. Inspiring Stewardship engages students with hands-on sequential activities and discussions.

There are three ways to experience the Inspiring Stewardship

Each of these options exposes students to a new way of experiencing and creating music through our natural environment.

Stephen Wood’s presentation and music sparked highly interactive conversations about creativity, wilderness, stewardship, and the parallels between the creative process and scientific method. Stephen inspired immense curiosity by sharing his creative output–music, stories, and photography–from past experiences in beautiful, quiet wilderness areas across the U.S.
Jesse Dochnal, C.S. Porter M.S. Band Director

Awards

Workshop

A classroom introduction to environmental composing, creative observation, and community engagement in nature.
Presents interactive sequential hands-on experiences for the students. Offered to both music and science classes.

Music Classes

Introduction:

Environmental Composing and Creative Observation
What is Environmental Composition?
How do we use Creative Observations to develop inspiration?
What Senses can we use to help observe nature?

Listen:

 

Listen to examples of environmental compositions and soundscape.
Discuss musical elements related to environmental themes.
Where is there music in Nature and Landscape?
Recreate sounds of Nature with musical technique and dynamics.

Create

Hands-on group composition of musical scenes for the large ensemble.
Follow three sequential themes for compositional ideas:
1. recreational activities 2. soundscape 3. colors
Students choose one idea from each theme for class composition.

Science Classes

Introduction

Environmental Composing and Creative Observation
What is Environmental Composition?
How is music and art related to science?

Listen:

 

Listen to examples of environmental compositions and soundscape.
As non-musicians, and musicians, what are we hearing?
What are the instruments, the mood, color, energy?
How is the music related to the environmental theme?

Scientific Method vs. Creative Process

How are these processes related?
What observational skills help us with science and art activities?
What Senses can we use to observe nature?

Create:

Building healthy communities.
What is community?
What communities are we each a part of?
How does science, music, art, and environment help our community?

Clinic

A 2-day clinic offered to orchestra, band, choir, and general music.

Day 1: Workshop Introduction, Discussion, and Activities

Introduction:

Environmental Composing and Creative Observation related to science?
What is Environmental Composition?
How do we use Creative Observations to develop inspiration?
What Senses can we use to help observe nature?

Listen:

Listen to examples of environmental compositions and soundscape.
Discuss musical elements related to environmental themes.
Where is there music in Nature and Landscape?
Recreate sounds of Nature with musical technique and dynamics

Create:

Hands-on group composition of musical scenes for the large ensemble.
Follow three sequential themes for compositional ideas:
1. recreational activities 2. soundscape 3. colors
Students choose one idea from each theme for class composition.

Day 2: Review, Discuss, Create

Review:

Overview of Day 1
What did the students connect to?
What elements of nature and community can provide inspiration?
What musical techniques did we use for composing?

Composition:

Divide into small groups of varying instrumentation to compose their own environmental composition.
Use themes from Day 1 exercises: recreational activity, soundscape, color
Compose a short 30 second scene expressing the chosen theme
Employ compositional and musical techniques used in class exercise

Performance:

Each group performs composition for class.
Students talk about their theme and how they were inspired.
What compositional and performance techniques did they use?
The ensemble performs the composition.

Residency

The full Inspiring Stewardship experience for your school’s musical ensembles, science classes, and greater community is week long residency. A Residency program exposes the greatest number of students and diverse classes to the workshop activities, discussions, and music.

Highlighting the Residency is a custom environmental composition. The custom composition brings the Inspiring Stewardship theme into the students’ hands. In depth rehearsals offer a professional musical experience with a living composer. Performance of the environmental composition allows the students to engage with their greater community in a new exciting way.

Private Lessons

Private composition and music lessons are offered to all music students and general students interested in composition, song writing, and performance.

• Interactive Inspiring Stewardship workshops for both music and science classes.
• Hands-on environmental composing activities for music classes.
• In-depth rehearsals for custom composition with living composer.
• Community engagement for students through public performance of environmental composition.
• Private compositions lessons with individual students.
• Professional experience for students performing a commissioned composition.

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