Project in the works:
I am currently working with a Berklee graduate on a project with program Troubadour. Troubadour’s inspiring vision works to address the question: how does the literary and musical arts affect children? Troubadour is a non-profit organization dedicated for the last thirty years to improving student literacy as well as the teaching of literacy through creativity and self-expression in the forms of poetry, writing, and song.
Since 1981, Troubadour has worked in over 50 Massachusetts school districts serving more than 900,000 teachers and students. The program serves at-risk students in the Massachusetts area. Troubadour’s work with students helps demonstrate to teachers how to integrate literature, writing, and music into the academic curriculum. With the help of high-qualified teaching artists, Troubadour has initiated programs and activities that include “School Partnerships, Writers’ Residencies and Professional Development Workshops; creating and publishing multicultural curricula to support literacy and the arts in the classroom; research into how the literary and musical arts affect children’s learning; and mentoring emerging Teaching Artists”. Over the past thirty years, Troubadour has been successful in improving student skills and scores and building confidence and innovation in the classroom.