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Singer, Songwriter Introduces Kids to Song Writing

Kids learn song writing at the library Feb. 28Gregg Standridge, singer/songwriter, will lead 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in a Song Writing for Kids Workshop at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. during the meeting of the Saturdayclub3/4/5.

Workshop participants will become familiar with the creative process of writing songs. Even if they do not play an instrument, children will experience how songs can be written with voice alone. They will be using a “12 Bar Blues” form, and the focus will be to have fun squeezing a verbal idea into the small space of a musical line in a blues song. Kids will discover how many syllables can be used in each musical line and how to use this as a template for more lines of lyrics. They will compose their brand new song in 45 minutes and then perform it for one another.

Standridge studied music at OCCC, USAO, and OCU and has a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance which gives his writing a slightly different twist from many in this genre. The core of his writing might be classified as folk rock but he employs aspects of traditional country/bluegrass as well as jazz/blues. He has performed with Oklahoma City and Norman based bands including “Inspector 12”, “Doc and the Delivery Boys”, “Gossamer”, and “Stick People.” Standridge is currently writing and performing original compositions (based mainly from his personal experiences) with the Gregg Standridge band and has a teaching studio through McMichael Music. His discography includes Southside Songs and Stories, Dreamhouse, Chin Music, and Sticks and Stones. 

Saturdayclub3/4/5 is a library program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders held at the Norman Public library each Saturday, January through April from 2 to 2:45 p.m. No registration is necessary.

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