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Delaware Academy Second Graders Create Original Songs

If you were walking the hallways of Delaware Academy Elementary School in Delhi last Thursday, April 25th, you might have heard a hearty chorus of students (and teachers) singing at the top of their lungs, “Waggle to the east, waggle to the west, buzzing our way to where the flowers are the best,” as they joined in on the refrain of an original song by their second-grade peers.

The performance was the culmination of a week-long songwriting residency led by visiting teaching artist Laurie McIntosh, aka Story Laurie, renowned throughout the region for her creative storytelling and music programs. In the residency, each second grade class wrote an original song incorporating lessons learned in their recent unit on insect life cycles.

This week-long songwriting residency is part of the Ashokan Center’s Arts & Education Outreach program. The Arts & Education Outreach program is made possible by a generous grant from the Delaware County-based A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation.

Read more about Delaware Academy’s Experience making songs on their blog.
Photos courtesy of Laurie McIntosh.