Blues Songwriting Workshop
The Workshop: With a brief, fun and informative introduction to the fascinating history of the blues as well as a interactive songwriting exercise and performance afterwards, Rob Lutes’ Blues Songwriting workshop is an enjoyable, inspiring participatory activity where students learn about the blues and gain the experience of collectively writing a song in the blues tradition.
Length: 45 minutes to one hour, with possibility of extended songwriting workshops for students with a special interest in music.
Bio: Rob Lutes us an internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer who tours Canada, the US and Europe. As well as giving workshops in many schools across Canada, Rob has taught in the Festival Blues-sur-Seine’s (France) internationally recognized blues education program as well as the Ottawa Bluesfest’s Blues in Schools program.
“For 90 minutes our students were totally engaged in the presentation. To learn of the origins of the Blues as well as experience the principles of song-writing was a great opportunity. It is not everyday that students get to meet, learn from, and play with such a talented musician. This is the type of enrichment activity that any school would benefit from. Students are already asking, ‘Are they coming back next year?’ We can only hope so.”
Counselor, St Stephen High School
“In our blues education efforts, we have had the finest Blues in the Schools educators from the U.S. Fruteland Jackson, Guy Davis, Keith Brown and Michael Hawkeye Herman are those first-class specialists who, during the years of our festival, have made musical presentations and lectures at our schools.
Our experience at the latest edition of our festival in November was that Rob Lutes is one of those top specialists. He has an excellent way of relating with the kids. In his one-hour presentation, he succeeded in getting the kids involved in creating a song, from finding the subject, deciding between ideas, finding the words and finally interpreting the brand new song with them. He showed great know-how on how to relate with the students and excite their creativity.”
Jean Guillermo,Vice président, Festival Blues sur Seine, Mantes la Jolie, France
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