Tracy Spring



Tracy with her beautiful Diva guitar, built by
Rob Goldberg of Haines, Alaska.
IN THE CLASSROOM



In the spring of 2013, Tracy was hired by the Iditarod School District in interior Alaska to teach songwriting in two remote villages. In each village, she taught songwriting craft to children in grades K-2, 3-5, Junior High and High School. She also collaborated with Lydia Ossorgin, artistic director for a special history/drama/music project involving 16 children from 4 villages in the district.

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Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Jr. High & High School
Integrated Arts/Special School Projects
































Grades K-2

In K-2, the children sang songs they knew, and then helped write sequels. For example, what DID happen to that eensy-weensy spider, anyway, after it got tired of being washed down the water spout? Well, according to these children, he got married, had children, moved into the house and lived happily every after. :)

Tracy also coached creative versions of children's songs, such as a "wilder" version of Old MacDonald's Farm, which the children sang with her. The farm menagerie included bears, cougars, beluga whales, moose, fox, otters and much, much more.
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Grades 3-5

In grades 3-5, Tracy again started with songs the children knew and loved, such as Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Woody wrote that perennial song before Alaska was a state, so the children came up with a list of things that Woody COULD have included, which were then shaped into two new verses. It was also necessary to tweak the chorus:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York island
From the Arctic Circle, to the Gulf Stream waters
This Land was made for you and me

The honey bee, the fireweed flower
The gliding sled, gas or dog powered
The river winding, the salmon spawning
This Land was made for you and me


and...

The grizzly bear, the snowy mountains
Moose and mosquitos, too many to count 'em
The eagle soaring, the raven is calling
This Land was made for you and me!

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Junior High and High School

In one-hour class sessions or two-hour combined class sessions, Tracy taught her "essay into lyric and then into a musical setting" approach.The songs these young people composed reflected their lives, their struggles, their hopes and dreams...So inspiring!
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Integrated Arts/Special School Projects

In April of 2013, Tracy was hired by the Iditarod School District to help students write four songs for an Integrated Arts project headed up by Lydia Ossorgin, phenomenal educator from the Atheneum School in Anchorage, AK. Students from four villages (off the road system in interior Alaska) were to take a bit of local history and write and perform an original musical. All classes and rehearsals (save one) were done by video conference. The students wrote the play, created the stage, scenery, props and costumes and flew to four villages in 5 days for a fantastic frenzy of performances. The video (in 4 scenes) Miska and The First Airplane can now be viewed HERE.

These students have been nominated for the Alaska Spirit of Youth Award!

For more information about bringing Lydia and Tracy to work with students in your community, please contact either of them at AzizSpring@aol.com or lossorgin@gmail.com

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