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Bill Haymes

Contact Name: Bill Haymes

Address:

PO Box 150954
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
United States
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Phone: (615) 665-2222

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Bill Haymes is a life-long musician and songwriter who continues to write songs and perform regionally. He toured professionally as a singer/songwriter through the 1970s and 1980s and worked concurrently during those years as a teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council’s Artist-in-Education program. He performed at over 150 colleges and universities in North America, in various community concerts and folk clubs nationwide, and toured internationally in Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. He also worked at dozens of Arkansas elementary schools statewide as an AIE artist, and did a nine-week residency for the Georgia Arts Council. He has appeared on radio on “A Prairie Home Companion” and several times on “River City Folk.” He also performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where—over the years— he was both a New Folk winner and a five-time Mainstage performer. He has five studio albums to his credit and received a Composer’s Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.

In most of his career as a teaching artist, he led elementary students through the step-by-step process of composing an entire song using their own ideas—from generating a concept and a title, to writing lyrics for the refrain, composing melodies, and finally writing lyrics to the verse(s).
Starting in 2006, he changed his focus to working primarily with teachers. He specializes in showing teachers how to lead their students through one of two songwriting processes: researching, outlining, then rewriting familiar songs to explicate and teach specific subject matter OR writing an entire original song in collaboration with their students. He has given numerous workshops at 13 of the 16 Education Service Cooperatives in Arkansas during this time, being invited back repeatedly to several of them.

Bill is on the artist roster in TN, AR and UT. He currently lives in Nashville, TN, where he is valiantly attempting to learn to speak and read French. Progress is slow.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: PD Workshop: Songwriting for the NOT very musical: Leading your students in writing new lyrics to familiar melodies to teach specific curricular content

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
Songwriting for the NOT very musical:

  • Leading your students in rewriting the lyrics to familiar melodies to teach specific curricular content.
  • An arts-integration workshop using music, designed for teachers in any subject area.
  • No knowledge of music theory is required.
  • Best for grade levels 1st-6th; adaptable for grade levels 1st-12th with greater teacher input.

Using music and melody as its medium, this professional development workshop is primarily focused on writing — writing new lyrics to familiar songs. The process of writing new lyrics for the selected song is a means for the exploration, elaboration and retention of content. The process itself tends to be very engaging for both students and teachers, since the participants work as a team to collectively problem-solve and — in the process — create a new musical work.

The workshop shows teachers how to move their students through the songwriting process step by step, by having the teachers themselves go through the process. In the workshop, teachers work collaboratively as they choose a topic, choose an appropriate familiar melody, discuss and define the main idea and supporting details, then re-write the lyrics, following the form, rhyme scheme and rhythms of the original song. Teaching specific subject matter through songs and songwriting is an excellent way to help students retain specific information while engaging them in the creative process of exploring a given topic and choosing how to describe that topic accurately using strong descriptive language. In addition, songwriting to familiar melodies provides teachers with a compelling way to teach essential writing skills needed in effective communication — skills needed for success on state writing tests involving student voice, descriptive language and more. Students have the opportunity to hone their problem-solving and their writing skills simultaneously.

This workshop uses the chorus/verse form of familiar ballads to mirror one of the most basic educational concepts: main idea/supporting detail.

Several Tennessee state curriculum standards for writing and for music are addressed in this lyric-writing process. In addition, this process addresses the Common Core mandate to have literacy extend across ALL subject areas.

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Program Title: PD Workshop: Songwriting 202: Writing songs from scratch with your students to teach specific curricular content and to expand students' creative writing abilities

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
Songwriting 202: Writing songs from scratch with your students to teach specific curricular content and to expand students’ creative writing abilities.

This workshop does require that participants have some musical abilities.

Best for teachers of grade levels 4-6, 9-12; adaptable for teachers of grade levels of 3rd and 7th-8th with greater teacher input.

The workshop shows teachers how to move their students through the songwriting process step by step, by having the teachers themselves go through the process. The teachers in the workshop will work collaboratively to generate the original idea for a song, choose a title, write all the lyrics and create a melody for both the chorus and the verse. When this technique is used with students, it introduces them to another genre of creative writing — songwriting — and improves their abilities in both creative writing and creative problem solving. Plus, it gives the students the enjoyable experience of creating an original work of art — a unique song from a single idea.

For over 20 years as an Arts-in-Education artist, I used this process in dozens of classrooms, leading students in writing original songs from their own ideas, melodies and lyrics.

Prerequisites for teachers: The ability to play accompanying chords on a piano or guitar (or similar instrument), some knowledge of music theory, the ability to create a simple melody and the courage to try this technique in their classrooms. This is not just for music specialists, although they are most welcome! It is for any teacher who plays piano or guitar and wishes to lead her or his students in an engaging and enjoyable form of creative writing — songwriting.

This advanced workshop can easily be used as a technique to teach specific content or as an engaging experience in a specific type of creative writing, not focused on particular curricular content.

This workshop uses the chorus/verse form of familiar ballads to mirror one of the most basic educational concepts: main idea/supporting detail.

Several Tennessee state curriculum standards for writing and for music will be addressed by this workshop. In addition, this process addresses the Common Core mandate to have literacy extend across ALL subject areas.

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Program Title: STS Program: This Song is Your Song: an introduction to the history and styles of American folk music

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

STUDENT TICKET SUBSIDY PROGRAM
Seasoned teaching artist Bill Haymes, accompanied by studio musician Tim Lorsch, offers a program called “This Song is Your Song” — a brief introduction to American folk music via an interactive musical presentation. Students will hear examples of several types of folk music — a traditional song with British and Scottish roots, a song based on actual events and a folk hero, a children’s game song, an African-American work song, a fiddle tune, and a more recent American folk song by Woody Guthrie. Students are asked to participate in the activity songs, to relate songs they know to the songs performed, and to consider how songs have changed over time.

Bill plays guitar and sings; Tim plays a variety of stringed instruments (violin, mandolin and others) and sings as well. The program runs between 40-50 minutes in length.

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