Experiential residencies provide students with hands on opportunities to sing, dance, create rhythm instruments, create art projects, and compose original music, to name a few of the activities .  Contact Laura about designing your own residency to suit your needs!

  • Meeting the benchmarks for  Washington State Standards,  lesson plans incorporate age appropriate activities for imaginative and creative instruction.
  • School residencies include comprehensive  guides: (hard copy, CD-ROM) which contains a bibliography, discography, vocabulary list, key facts, sheet music, web links, learning activities and assessments.


Explore Cuba: A Celebration of Rhythm, Dance, Songs, and Culture (K-12)

Students explore Cuban culture through rhythm instruments, dance, and folksongs. Students experience a variety of Cuban art forms from Rumba and Salsa dancing to the drumming and singing of the Yoruba, an Afro-Cuban tradition. Laura enhances the residency with personal travel narrative, photos/videos, and Cuban instruments. The class includes live accompaniment on the piano/keyboard and guitar along with a variety of recordings. Residency culminates in a casual class performance at the end of the week

American Folk Songs: Exploring our history through the great oral tradition of song. (K-12)

From Appalachia to the mission culture  of California.  Students experience the oral tradition through folk songs from the immigrants, pioneers, cowboys and laborers of early America.

¡Puentes  Músicales!  Musical bridges:  Exploring the music and culture of our neighbors south of the border. (K-12)

Celebrate the vibrant  music and  colorful culture of Mexico and Central America through the exploration of  traditional instrumental music, folk songs, and dances.

Anyone Can Sing:  Discover your voice and the joy of singing for pleasure. (for ages 8-adults)

A gentle  introduction into finding your voice and singing for enjoyment. Laura instills confidence in new singers as she unravels the mysteries of breath support, range, tone, dynamics, and pitch. Singers enjoy a wide range of  repertoire including folk songs, standards, broadway selections, and popular songs.


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