For grades: 3-12
Requirements for live visit: When working with large groups, sound reinforcement may be needed.
Fees for live visit: $100 per day in local schools, contact for out of area fees. Scholarships available.
Performing Songwriter »
Donna Klein is informative, fun, and she really knows how to write a song! --- John Hopkins Middle School
Songwriter in the School - Informances for the Classroom
What is an Informance?
It is Donna's combination of songwriting workshop and live performance.
Which age group?
Donna's "informances" are best suited to grades three and above, although she's had success adapting the program to younger students (grades K-2).
Individual classrooms to an entire grade level can be accommodated at one time with this program.
How long does it last?
Informances can be done in as little as 30 minutes. If the program takes place in the classroom, five minutes between classes is needed. In the media center, auditorium or cafeteria, approximately 30 minutes is needed to set up and another 30 is needed to break down sound when finished. Donna will furnish her own sound where necessary.
The end result?
Everyone relates well to the material presented and comes away with and understanding that music is a universal language with many different dialects. Donna emphasizes that education is the key to success in life and speaks of the skills necessary for successful songwriting.
A Brief Overview of the Informance
Upon arrival, performance of one song
How music surrounds us-radio, TV, computers, commercials
Popular music styles and combinations
Brief overview of why Donna writes music
Skills needed to write a song: math, language, reading, current events…
Is there a "right way" to write a song?
Usual parts of a song
Introduction - why songs usually have one
Verse - generally tells your story
Chorus - often repeats itself (hook) and contains the song title
Bridge - brain hears something different as you travel from the beginning to the end of the song
Ending - signals that the song is finished
Arrangement and Orchestration
Solo performance - of song just evaluated
Full instrumentation - listen to studio arrangement of same tune
Questions and Answers
Performance of another composition and more Q & A
Songwriter in the School
"Informance" program in the Pinellas County, FL School System since 1995
Composer in the Schools
Performed a special arrangement of an original composition with Perkins Elementary CAIS Orchestra
Developing prototype for group teaching of guitar
Produce and host Keeping Company ... with Donna Klein - a recurring concert event featuring the independent performing songwriter
Performances at: Clearwater Folk Festival, Wings & Strings Music Festival, Suwannee Springfest, Will McLean Festival, South Florida Folk Festival
"Informance" on folk music in America at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Glass of Sunshine and Silenced: Grand Prize, Americana Art and Music Festival, 2002
Another Man's Wife: Grand Prize, Festival of States Art & Music Festival, 1995
Florida Summer Night and Take Responsibility, honored by Will McLean Foundation, 1994
Dancing in the Moonlight: Grand Prize, Americana Art & Music Festival, 1994
Fear of the Fire: Grand Prize, Americana Art & Music Festival, 1992
New York City - 1997
Sail Beyond the Sunset - upcoming release containing award winner "Silenced"