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Libretto Writing Through Pop and Rock Songs

Until mid-January, 2021, enjoy a free, full preview of the first video in each of our currently available learning series. If you'd like to purchase a license to download the full available content, please contact VirtualClassroom@MetGuild.org.
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Video One:

Source Material, Themes & Tone, Imagery

Miss Gracie introduces us to the work of an NYC Songwriter! Join her as she teaches us techniques to create our own original song text based on adapting an existing text, or "source material." Our text for this series will be the dystopian short story 'Harrison Bergeron.' A link to the full text of the short story is in the description section of the video player. This lesson focuses on the story arc, themes, tone, and imagery in 'Harrison Bergeron.'

Video 1 PDF

Learning Guide

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Video 1 DIGITAL

Learning Guide

Key Student Learning Standard Addressed:

NYSED Reading Standard 1

CCSS.ELA-Reading.CCRA.R.1

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Video Two:

Characters and Point of View Writing

In this second video of our 5 part series, we will take a closer look at the character's in 'Harrison Bergeron' and expand on their character details. We will also explore the concept of character point of view, and how it's used in songwriting.

Video 2 PDF

Learning Guide

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Video 2 DIGITAL

Learning Guide

Key Student Learning Standard Addressed:

NYSED Reading Standard 6

CCSS.ELA-Reading.CCRA.R.6

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Video Three:

Heightened Language and Poetic Devices in Songwriting

In this third video of our songwriter's series, Miss Gracie helps us explore heightened language and poetic devices. We'll look at simile, metaphor, assonance, and alliteration, and explore how these devices are used in modern songwriting!

Video 3 PDF

Learning Guide

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Video 3 DIGITAL

Learning Guide

Key Student Learning Standard Addressed:

NYSED Writing Standard 3

CCSS.ELA-Writing.CCRA.W.3

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Video Four:

Songwriting Structure

In this video we will expand on our concept of writing structure by exploring Verse/Chorus/Bridge, and Punchline songwriting structures. We will then examine rhyme scheme and meter in poetry and lyrics.

Video 4 PDF

Learning Guide

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Video 4 DIGITAL

Learning Guide

Key Student Learning Standard Addressed:

NYSED Reading Standard 5

CCSS.ELA-Reading.CCRA.R.5

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Video Five:

Presentation and Revision

In this final video of our five-part series, Miss Gracie helps us explore options for presenting our original lyrics or libretto by various performance, audio, and visual mediums. We will also discuss the important writing process of Reflecting and Revising our work and then sharing with others.

Video 5 PDF

Learning Guide

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Video 5 DIGITAL

Learning Guide

Key Student Learning Standard Addressed:

NYSED S&L Standard 6

CCSS.ELA-Speaking and Listening.CCRA.SL6

Additional Information: (any additional/supplemental information related to this post will appear below)
Gracie Nash, Teaching Artist

Gracie Nash is a singer/songwriter & music educator based in NYC. She has performed at venues all around the city ranging from Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall. Gracie has been a teaching artist with the Met Opera Guild for 2 years now, and she's constantly in awe of the creative brilliance her students bring to life through opera based learning. Gracie holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from NYU and a Masters Degree in songwriting from NYU.

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