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Say it with a song

Teaching at Mighty Writers 2016

Teaching at Mighty Writers 2016

My Volunteer Graphic Art Project

My Volunteer Graphic Art Project

Color By Note sheet: First Draft

Color By Note sheet: First Draft

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

Maria A. Garth Photography

All workshop photos taken by: Maria A. Garth Photography

All workshop photos taken by:

Maria A. Garth Photography

It all started when...

I collaborated with the Atlanta, GA based community non-profit Music in the Park-ATL.  In 2015, they enabled me to explore the many roles there are to play in a music non-profit.  They helped me understand how to turn my plans into actions; how to stop trying and start doing. 

During this time of great inspiration, I was still just beginning to decipher the mysteries of the guitar... How to make sense of the patterns, put them under my fingers.  Then, one day I sat down and made this first draft of the Color By Note sheet.

It would be another year before I began expanding the concept beyond the first coloring sheet.

In 2016, I was recruited to volunteer for Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia non-profit.  Although I had no experience teaching and no formal education in music, I was welcome to share what I had learned as a self-taught singer-songwriter.

I posted a request to borrow guitars on my social media channels and was overwhelmed by the generosity of my online community.  Using the Color By Note sheet, the children learned to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

As I watched the children work with the materials, I learned what questions additional coloring pages needed to address.  Having learned how to transform my explanations into tangible, experiential materials as a speech therapist, I devoted months into devising Level Zero; The Music Theory Coloring Book for Anyone. What began as just one coloring page quickly became over 100 pages!

While the Coloring Book is still being edited for publication, it is my pleasure to continue volunteering with non-profits that benefit urban youth. I am doubling my volunteer efforts this summer to expand the Say it with a Song Workshop; one class for younger children, another for older students. If you would like to help us, my one wish is to provide access to appropriately-sized instruments, which Mighty Writers would own and have available year-round to the students.

The loaned guitars have been greatly appreciated! However, they are simply too big for children under 14 years old to wrap their little hands around! To make a contribution of any amount, click here to give directly to Mighty Writers.  Please mention "Music", "Guitars", or "Say it with a Song" in your Mighty Note to declare your donation is intended to provide our workshop with instruments ^^   Thank you for your time and consideration~ Stay tuned for updates on the Music Theory Coloring Book release date!

Cover Page of Music Theory Coloring Book: Level Zer0 (c)

Cover Page of Music Theory Coloring Book: Level Zer0 (c)

 

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