STYLE

STYLE: Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education is a wonderful way to spark interest in reading and literature through the magic of music.

Age Range
Prk-12

STYLE: Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education is a wonderful way to spark interest in reading and literature through the magic of music. STYLE Teaching Artists will deliver a power packed 50-minute assembly, or a more extensive residency program where your students will create an original song inspired by a popular book. The song co-written by your students and the Teaching Artist, will be available to cherish for years to come. STYLE builds in learning from the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills connecting reading, writing and music while inspiring communication and collaboration.  This will make any STYLE program both educational and fun!

In collaboration with the Teaching Artist, your students will co-write a song inspired by a popular piece of student literature. Some examples include Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein for younger students, or The Outsiders or Holes for tweens and teens. This music will become part of the school culture, a shared experience that will last throughout the year, and years to come.

Beginning with a song, the Teaching Artist performs their own music inspired by the book. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the instruments the Teaching Artist is using, as well as join in with the musical fun. After some basic songwriting instruction, the students will collaborate to complete a song written and inspired by the book chosen. “And stand by for recording!” As the Teaching Artists has brought with them a recording device to capture the live performance of the entire song.

Choose from 3 different options when the STYLE team comes to your school touring their current books:

Program Options

45-50 Minute Assembly

  • Choose one book off the STYLE list for your school.
  • STYLE will perform their original music inspired by the book.
  • STYLE will discuss the themes in the book tied to music.
  • With your students STYLE will co-write a song inspired by the book.
  • STYLE will record the song with the students.

Assembly plus Workshop(s)

  • Choose one book off the STYLE list for your school.
  • STYLE will perform a musical review of songs inspired by a variety of books including your chosen book.
  • STYLE teaching artists will then breakout in up to 5 classes in a school day.
  • Each breakout class will co-write a song inspired by the book.
  • STYLE will then record the song with the students.

3-5 Day Residencies

Book Titles

The STYLE team is currently touring with Where the Sidewalk ends by Shel Silverstein, Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales and Hole’s by Louis Sachar. Please contact the STYLE team for other books and options with the program or choose a book from previous tours below.

  • Choose one book off the STYLE list for your school.
  • STYLE will perform their original music inspired by the book.
  • With the students the STYLE teaching artists will choose a theme, musical genre, tempo and feel for the song they will co-write together.
  • Professional producers will create an instrumental track using the students chosen information.
  • STYLE teaching artists will model songwriting through a co-written chorus and break students into smaller groups to create verses.
  • Through practice and collaboration classes become a cohesive group as they prepare for the professional recording studio engineer.
  • Students record the final song in a professional recording studio environment brought by the STYLE team.

Based on your choices, the STYLE team will deliver professional teaching artists who will inspire and create with your students.

Previous books from STYLE assemblies and workshops:

Early education

  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Mirror by Jeannie Baker
  • Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
  • One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith
  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by (folktale)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Stormboy by Paul Owen Lewis
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Elementary

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Young Adult

  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Tangerine by Edward Bloor

About

Education Director, Nathan Bogopolsky
Musician and educator in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years, Nathan Bogopolsky is excited to share STYLE with schools. A graduate of the prestigious choir school, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Mr. B has worked in classrooms with a diverse group of students to bring his passion for music and learning alive. As Director of Education for the STYLE program, Nathan has developed curriculum that aligns with the new Common Core State Standards, and brings music into the schools in a new and exciting way. Writing music for the Bushwick Book Club Seattle, local theater companies, and Seattle classrooms he has honed his skills to work with students and professionals alike. Using his Master in Teaching degree to the fullest, Nate is excited to be developing programs for schools like yours.

Executive Director, Geoff Larson
Producer, musician and teacher in the Puget Sound region, Geoff Larson has been working in Seattle for the past 10 years. A graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in Classical performance on the double bass, he has continued his performance career in classical, jazz and other styles of music. Geoff also works as a music specialist at Academy schools in Tukwila as well as teaches private lessons on bass, guitar and drums.
As Executive  Director of The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, Geoff oversees all of the Featured Programs, Partnership Events and the Educational Program STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education). The Bushwick Book Club Seattle delivers literature,music, and songwriting to the Seattle community while building the next generation of musicians and readers.

  • I love the way they took our theme statements and created a rap.  When key statements are set to music in this way, it is easy to recall.  This then can become an "anchor" point to refer to all during the year.
    Craig Fryburger - Teacher
    Dundee ES
    Dundee, NY

  • The STYLE program was an eye-opening experience. Nate and Geoff were extremely engaging. I was amazed that my students wrote an entire song in only three class periods. It was absolutely one of my favorite days as a teacher. We would love to have them come back! 
    Jane Guglielmo - Teacher
    Dundee MS
    Dundee, NY

  • The benefits of your program are innumerable and the interactions with the students were excellent.  Everyone had a great time and all of the student can't wait until we repeat the program again.  Your club members were able to work with and have fun with all of the children and kept their attention focused for the entire event.
    Janelle Neil-Principal
    Academy Schools
    Tukwila, WA