“Everybody has a story and these young people have stories that are worth hearing and that are worth sharing.”- Guy Mendilow
Words by: Alexandra Contreras
Video Production by: Kristín Otharsson
On December 11-13, Celebrity Series’ Neighborhood Arts program hosted a three-day songwriting and storytelling workshop at Sumner Elementary School in Roslindale. Vocalist and musician, Guy Mendilow) is an active music educator who utilizes Dalcroze Education as a way of teaching musicianship while cultivating vital skills such as deep focus and a sense of contribution, capability, and belonging that together form esteem. Together with violinist and composer, Chris Baum, and singer, pianist, and composer, Courtney Swain, they taught the workshop to 15 fifth graders from the Sumner Boys and Girls Club after school program, which is directed by Nina Vansuch. The emphasis of the workshop was on giving the students tools to share their stories in a more powerful way, so that they can resonate with people who are different from them.
Now, four months later, these stories provide the foundation for a song that the students and teachers recorded at Futura Productions Recording Studio in Roslindale. In between dances, laughs, and a pizza party, John Weston, founder of Futura Productions, explained the uses and functionalities of the studio’s equipment to these curious students who were filled with questions and a desire to learn. Listen to the song and watch the video of this fun and empowering learning experience!