Programs

Artist In Residence

A dynamic presentation to inspire your students to greater creativity!

These programs are highly flexible. You want an artist to come twice a month? No problem. Just looking for a one day workshop or classroom visit? We got you covered there too.

Our teaching artists are all working musicians and trained educators. We work with the teaching staff at the host school to create the perfect experience. Programs like:
– How to Make it in the Music Business (marketing, budgeting, project management)
– Just Write Something! (exploration in creative writing and risk taking)
– Home Recording Basics (gear, acoustics, production, mixing)
– One Day Songwriting Workshop (write and record a song with the whole class in 1-2 sessions)
– Curricular Presentations…explore social studies, history, science, math, art, language skills, etc. through the lens of music. We bring together stories and songs to give a fresh perspective to academic standards.
– Career Workshop (musical careers, music as a trade profession, education options)
– Concert – Play some songs, share some stories, and show students that writing original music is fun and totally within their reach. We get them fired up to start creating!

Contact Tim at tim@discovermusicnow.org to set up an artist-in-residence program that fits your learning goals and school culture.

Songwriting

The program teaches basic music theory and lyric writing concepts then allows students to explore different ways of expressing themselves musically. Students are encouraged through instruction and mentorship to process their thoughts and feelings, verbalize them, and use their own voice to share their stories with others. It demystifies the songwriting process and empowers young people to get out there and start writing original songs!

Statements gathered in exit surveys and follow-up interviews demonstrate the deep level of impact songwriting had on their wellness. They have self-reported benefits like: increased confidence, mental clarity, social awareness, anxiety and anger management, catharsis, self-awareness, personal development, compassion, empathy, general well being, emotional control, and gratitude for having learned healthy tools to express themselves.  Delivering these programs since 2011 in multiple school districts has yielded consistently positive results.

After students write the songs there is an option to go into a recording studio with professional musicians and make a high quality recording of their song. 

“Music has given me a voice. It has given me access to expression and energy like nothing else. Without music I would be eaten alive and swallowed by my emotions.”
– Middle School Student, 3 years after participation in the program

Learn more about the songwriting process and its effects on the mind and body in Tim Cheesebrow’s book:

Available in print on Amazon: HERE

and as an Audiobook on AudioBooks: HERE

Residence

A truly powerful series of 12 visits by the artist to your classroom over the course of the school year. Students are encouraged to dig deep and (with guidance) write their own songs as they learn about music theory, rhythm, rhyme, musical structure, storytelling, and self expression. This opportunity can stand alone or be offered as an enrichment to existing music programs. Optional recording of student’s songs.
Cost: $3000 Optional recording: $200/student

Full Course

For maximum impact and student learning a Discover Music instructor will partner with district staff to provide a full-term class aligned with state standards in Fine Arts. There is no expecatation of student proficiency in music, but by the end of the course they will be able to read and write in traditional and popular notational styles, craft words and melodies, make chord progressions, explore careers in music, learn the science of sound, and will learn how to use music to express themselves in a safe and healthy way.
This course includes visits from guest artists and professional recordings of student songs.
Cost: $10,000/semester

Blues Harmonica Workshop

A one day whirlwind of musical excitement. Students learn the history of blues music, how to play blues changes and jam on the harmonica. Each student gets their own harmonica to keep, along with resources for continued learning. The day ends with a performance and Q&A session by our Artist.
Includes a Harmonica for each student to keep!
Cost: $300/class