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Complaint Choir

Rebecca creates a constructive and respectful environment in which students address their conflicts, controversies and frustrations through creative outlets including singing, music and dance.

Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards

(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)

1.4 English Language Arts: Writing W, R

9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts W, R

15.4 Learning Through Experience W, R

25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R

25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R

Art Form(s): Music

Instrument(s): Voice

Workshop and Residency Offerings

Complaint Choir Workshop

Complaint Choir provides students with a platform to voice their concerns (both globally and locally) in a productive and creative format within a constructive and respectful environment.  The ability to openly discuss conflict and controversy through musical creation and invention provides the opportunity to channel challenges and frustrations through singing, music and dance. This interactive workshop is about learning to come together as a school community in a safe and open forum all while learning tradition singing techniques. (Max ~25 students)


Best for: 3-12  •  Special Needs

Complaint Choir Residency

Complaint Choir provides students with a platform to voice their concerns (both globally and locally) in a productive and creative format within a constructive and respectful environment. The ability to openly discuss conflict and controversy through musical creation and invention provides the opportunity to channel challenges and frustrations through singing, music and dance. The residency is about learning to come together as a school community in a safe and open forum all while learning tradition singing techniques.

 

The residency’s final performance is a production of the original works that the students have created throughout the residency process. Visit www.complaintschoir.org for more information and videos of other groups from all over the world.


Initiate a movement and inspire others to do the same!


Best for: 3-12  •  Special Needs

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Featuring: Rebecca Graham

Hailing from Ithaca, New York, Rebecca Graham has recently relocated to Philadelphia to put her vibrant and eclectic musical talents to use in the city’s schools. After graduating Ithaca College in 2010, Rebecca took her Music Education degree to New Roots Charter High School in Ithaca, NY, where she served as the school’s Music Director the for three years. As the Music Director, Ms. Graham taught and developed curriculum for grades 9-12 general music, chorus, jazz ensemble, chamber ensemble, a student-led fundraising rock band, and several other small ensemble groups. Rebecca’s philosophy on music education is making it improvisatory, student-centered and interdisciplinary. She has found that this approach, alongside the school’s mission and vision of creating social justice and sustainability education has made the arts more relevant to student’s everyday lives.

 

As one of the lead songwriters and arrangers of her funk–themed band King Aurora, based in Ithaca, Rebecca enjoys performing on her trumpet, playing piano, and singing.  She is also in the process of teaching herself the electric bass and enjoys the challenges and versatility of being a multi-instrumentalist. Working with the Teaching Artist and Teacher Training Program through Musicopia, Rebecca hopes to work in partnership with schools that also believe in the power of togetherness through music.

Joined Musicopia: 2013