Some 360 Hatboro-Horsham third- and fourth-graders on Feb. 8 will perform songs they created through an artist residency program. Hatboro-Horsham Patch; February 1, 2012
Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and “American Idol” contestants might not be on stage, but expect a musical event like no other Feb. 8 at Hatboro-Horsham High School when students from four elementary schools perform songs they created.
Funded through a $15,400 innovative learning grant from the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, the creative song composing occurred during a series of classroom workshops this past fall, students learned “the art and process of songwriting,” from writing lyrics and setting them to music to choosing a musical style and arrangement.
It all took place under the tutelage of Two of a Kind, a musical husband and wife duo from Cheltenham who will accompany the student performers, as well as lead them and audience members in a grand finale featuring “Family Tree” by Tom Chapin and John Forster.
“Is there a future songwriter among the students?” asked David Heitler-Klevans, who with his wife, Jenny, comprises Two of a Kind. “Forget ‘future songwriter.’ All of these students are songwriters right now. Styles evolved for each song and were quite varied, including rock, folk, reggae, funk, techno-pop, country and rockabilly, as well as Spanish, jazz and Latin influences.”