“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
The Hampsong Foundation is pleased to announce 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. 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 invite you to listen to these programs online and to explore how one or all of them could enhance teaching and learning in your 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.
The first phase of our initiative will focus on three programs from the Song of America radio series:
• “Song of Walt Whitman”
• “Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World”
• “Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance”
You can listen to these three programs, in full, for free on the Song of America website: http://songofamerica.net/radio.
Plans for the 2015-16 school year include developing a dedicated “educators’ corner” here on our website and conducting a series of Song of America educator workshops and events throughout the country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
About the Hampsong Foundation
Song of America is a project of the Hampsong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2003 by distinguished American baritone Thomas Hampson with the mission of creating high-quality and accessible materials that explore the world of classic song as a prism for understanding culture and history.
Dec. 12, 2015 | 12-5pm | Chicago, IL
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This event will be open to the public.