|| Master Classes and Open Rehearsals ||
As a master teacher as well as performer, Thomas Hampson has conducted countless master classes and coaching sessions for voice students worldwide. In these classes, he shares his insights into how to tell stories through song, and how to bring them to life, so that they move both performer and listener. In conjunction with the concert tour, Hampson will offer a series of master classes and open rehearsals to local voice students and teachers. Segments of these and other educational programs will be videotaped and made available on this Web site.
|| Teacher Institute: Making a Statement through Song and Poetry ||
Poetry and song have always been at the heart of American society's greatest struggles, and have both shaped and been shaped by momentous events in our nation's history. During times of crisis and change, American poets and songwriters have been inspired to create some of their most powerful works. At the same time, the poems, odes, hymns, field chants, and marching songs that they created often had an influence on the issues of their times, whether by spreading the news, giving comfort, or stirring other Americans to take action.
Today, the poems and songs these artists left behind can speak to us across the generations, and can provide revealing insights into their lives, the times they lived in, and the convictions that drove them to make a statement through their art.
This full-day workshop will help educators use Library of Congress primary-source materials to explore the legacy of American song and poetry in their classrooms. Through a mixture of hands-on activities and informal tutorials, the workshop will model methods for researching in the Library's online collections and provide examples of teaching strategies. It will also spotlight recommended resources for key themes in U.S. history, from the Harlem Renaissance to the campaign trail, from the Civil War to the battle for suffrage.
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