Elementary school songwriting workshops

Trout Fishing in America visited the Webb Center last month for two songwriting workshops and two performances as part of our free “Arts for Kids” programming.

Song writing workshop with 4th graders at Festival Foothills School.

Song writing workshop with 4th graders at Festival Foothills School.

Trout Fishing in America (TFIA) is an eclectic folk rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs. Formed by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet in 1977, the long-standing musical partnership has been bringing award-winning music to stages and schools for over three decades. TFIA recordings have garnered four Grammy nominations, as well as three National Indie Awards and multiple Parents Choice Gold and American Library Awards.

While in Wickenburg, TFIA traveled to Festival Foothills Elementary School in Buckeye for two songwriting workshops with 4th and 5th graders. Listen to the songs the students wrote below:

Duck Duck Duck

The duck duck duck says quack quack quack
The duck duck wings go flap flap flap
The duck duck feet go flop flop flop
The duck duck heart won’t ever stop.

Born in the spring
The eggs hatched one day.
In a nest by the pond
The ducks began to play.
They learned how to swim
They learned how to fly – fly – fly!
How to dive for food
Learned to stay alive.

—-5th Graders – 10.22.13

 

I’ve Got No Brain In My Head

3.2 divided by 6.9
4.5 multiplied by 6
It’s a fraction of a fraction
It’s a problem, it’s my problem,
It’s something I can’t fix.

I say uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh
I’ve got no brain in my head.
I’ve got no brain in my head.
It’s at the carnival,
It’s drowning in the pool.
I’ve got no brain in my head.
I’ve got no brain in my head.
It’s at the Game Stop
But it’s not at school.

—- 4th Graders – 10.22.13

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