Winter Happenings!!

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Only a few more days till we fall back?? Winter is fast approaching and I’m cooking up some fun and festive musical events to share with young people and adults alike in the Bellingham area. It won’t be long till I’ll be mapping out the calendar for next season’s Young Songwriter Summer Camp so reach out if you’d like me to schedule something in your neck of the woods. Here is the low down for the next few months..

November 2 to December 7th Fridays at 10am – 11am Baby and Me Creative Play Hour at La Vida Dance Studio  $15 per session  Join us every Friday morning for singing, shaking, rattling and yoga inspired movement for littles ages 6 months to 3 years and their guardians!

November 7 – 21 Wednesday evenings 5:45 – 6:45 at Christmas Caroling Group Class at Bellinghome School of Music  We have been invited again by Downtown Bellingham to lead Christmas Carols for the annual Christmas Tree lighting at Bellingham Depot Market on Saturday Dec 1st!  We are excited to announce we have put together an all ages (7 and up) 4 week group class that runs weekly on Wednesday nights at 5:45pm starting in November led by talented Havilah Rand. Feel free to participate with your child in rehearsals. In the past our group has consisted of a mix of kids and parents and are ready to continue the tradition! Please call the front desk to sign up (360-922-0382)

December 18 – 20 Daily 10am – 3pm  Winter Break Songwriting Camp at Havilah’s House! As always, we will engage in creative fun activities such as theater games. nature walks, art projects and more to inspire ideas for songs. As the songs come forth we will record them and create our own CD of all of our original creations. Camp will culminate with an short informal celebration and house concert!!

FEE: $150 sliding scale and partial scholarships available

Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com or call 512-554-6452 to learn more!

I am also offering a special on four one hour voice coaching sessions package for $150 . Contact me at havilahrand@gmail.com or call 512-554-6452 to learn more! Private Coachingjpg

 

Fall Offerings

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Fall is my favorite season. It’s my own personal New Year where I reflect on all my summer adventures and begin mapping out the upcoming year. In the coming months I’ll be focusing on building my songwriting programs for homeschool families and adult workshops. I’ll also be trying something new and leading an eight week Mommy and Me Creative Play hour during which I’ll integrate my yoga practice with movement and song for toddlers and their adult caregivers. Please contact me at havilahrand@gmail.com to learn more about any of the following events and save your spot!

October 7 – December 12  Mommy and Me Creative Play at La Vida Dance Studio   Fridays 10am – 11am  $135 for all eight weeks or $15 single drop in

October 13 1-4pm Songwriting Workshop for ages 18 – 60+ at Chuckanut Center               We will engage in several fun and stimulating activities for developing song ideas. Feel free to bring works in progress as well as blank slate. Havilah will begin and end the afternoon with a short yoga and meditation practice to cultivate and maintain creative energy.
Bring your own snacks and beverages to share if you wish.  

Songwriting Workshop with Havilah Rand             

I have openings Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 4pm for private voice and performance coaching!!

I also have openings for Young Songwriter Programs for private school and homeschool communities. These are available for one or more days and can be catered to your time frame and location. Contact havilahrand@gmail.com to learn more!!

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2018 Young Songwriter Summer Camp Schedule is here!

 

BELLINGHAM CAMP UPDATE:

We are opening up the Bellingham camp at The Chuckanut Center July 16 – 19 to ALL AGES including adults. Come experience songwriting and recording with young people for yourself. Daily drop in rates of $75 per day available. Award winning Austin based songwriter Johann Wagner will be joining us. Email havilahrand@gmail.com for more info. 

I’m so excited to announce this summer’s Young Songwriter Summer Camps! We still have openings for more especially in August so please contact me if you’d like to set something up. Also please note that some camps require registration through our host and others you may contact me at havilahrand@gmail.com or use the links on the sidebar for application and paypal deposit. Looking forward to hearing all the beautiful songs we will create and record this summer!!

June 18 – 22 The Valley School  Seattle, WA  Register with them please!

June 25 – 28 9am – 2pm $200  Roots Community School in Chelan, WA Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com to register!

July 9 – 12  Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon, WA Register through them please!

July 16 – 19 10am – 3pm  $275 entire camp  $75 daily drop in rate. OPEN TO ALL AGES INCLUDING ADULTS  Chuckanut Center Bellingham, WA Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com to register!

July 23 – 26  Songbird Camp at Full Moon Rising Farm on Whidbey Island, WA  Register through them please!

August 13 and 14  Songwriting Workshop for Teens at Full Moon Rising Farm on Whidbey Island, WA Register through them please!

“I have to tell you that Audri’s music and writing really took off after getting such a solid and affirming start with you. She has wrote and recorded a whole album, with two songs one about the local whales and one about wild bison that she has been asked repeatedly to perform in the area for awareness events for Orca Network and Buffalo Field Campaign. We are so grateful to you for the confidence you gave her and the beautiful epxerience she had working with you” – Parent and host of homeschool songwriting workshop.

“My kids, who were initially both reluctant participants, absolutely LOVED the Songwriter Camp. I am so impressed with the creativity you inspired in them, how you showed them that they can take everyday events and turn them into songs, and how songwriting is an organic process. They also loved the silly fun elements like swimming and observing humans in their natural habitats. I hope you’ll offer the camp again next June!” –  Methow Arts Alliance Director and Parent

“You did an incredible job bringing out her creativity. I was in awe of the song you composed together. I am making a CD to come out by October 1st, and I want to include her song.” – Recording Artist and Grandparent

“As the director of our arts education program I coordinate many camps each summer. Rarely have I seen a camp so engaging for the kids involved. Each day of camp I would see kids sitting alone or in groups working on writing their songs. Havilah was great with the kids and came prepared with all the equipment she needed to record camper’s songs. This camp was a hit and I’m excited about having Havilah back to teach again next summer.” –  Director of Arts Education, Vashon Center for the Arts

Summer 2017 Recap and Planning Ahead!

Greetings friends! I hope that the end of 2017 has you reflecting on as many fun and creative moments as I am. This past summer marked the fourth year that Young Songwriter Programs have been running summer camps throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We held nine camps altogether beginning in Los Angeles, CA for a private workshop at The Lab for Learning and ended in Southington, CT. This year I have relocated from Austin, TX to Bellingham, WA which will now be the home base for Holistic ArtVentures and Young Songwriter Programs. We are now offering songwriting workshops and camps to homeschool communities, private and public schools and children of all ages year round. Songwriting programs work well as an after school activity, during winter and spring break or as an artistic component to any academic curriculum or team building event. Email Havilah today at havilahrand@gmail.com to explore the possibilities!

Here is a photo and video recap of our amazing summer of 2017!

We began on Whidbey Island in June with a youth group called the Earth Guardians. Hosted at a beautiful home complete with gardens and farm on gorgeous Whidbey Island, our songs centered around protecting the Earth and all of its creatures.

 

The next stop on the songwriting train was The Methow Valley to work with a small powerhouse trio of young ladies at The Methow Valley Community School.  Our songs also centered on animals, friendship and….crazy librarians??

We returned to Whidbey Island for a week at Full Moon Rising Farm with seven incredible songwriters spanning ages 6 – 14. I was amazed at how well everyone got along despite the age gaps. The idyllic setting complete with nature trails, farm animals, and yurt to work out of made this camp extra special and we can’t wait to return in 2018!

The ferry to Vashon Island from Seattle is always one of my favorite highlights of summer travels. The Vashon Center for the Arts always gives me a warm welcome with friendly smiles and a group of eleven excited songwriters. This week was bustling with activity as we wrote over thirty songs using our urban explorations and theater activities as inspiration.

Camp Cody in Bellingham, WA never disappoints with a refreshing cold pond to swim in, a treehouse to practice melodic ideas and draft lyrics and trails aplenty for exploring and finding creative inspiration. We were extra lucky this year to have award winning songwriter Johann Wagner join us as a mentor and we look forward to his return summer of 2018!

 

We ended our Northwest camps in beautiful Seattle at The Bertschi School with a small but astoundingly talented group. We spent the week sleuthing for lyrical ideas in the surrounding neighborhood, through watercolor painting and instrument making.

Then I got on a plane to my childhood stomping grounds of Southington, CT to lead a camp hosted by my very own Aunt Mary and her newly opened art center called Southington Community Cultural Arts Center. I was joined by my songwriting and touring buddy Bruce Salmon who did a tremendous job of coaxing some beautifully raw and rockin songs out of our songwriters. We’ll be back next year!

Creating this post brings me so much joy and gratitude for the work I am blessed to do. Looking forward immensely to hear the songs and meet the songwriters of 2018!

Overflowing with Songs and Gratitude!!

IMG_4572Five camps, over sixty young songwriters and over a hundred songs and I’m sitting here in a coffeeshop in Oregon City feeling so much gratitude towards every kid, parent, assistant and host who have participated in this project over the last three years. Writing songs with kids has reminded me of the joy that comes from the process of creating with spontaneity and curiosity. The list of benefits that I witness these programs providing continues to grow and instead of learning from what didn’t work, I spend most of my time examining what exactly is making these programs so successful!

The strong connections and empathy that build between campers as they allow themselves to be vulnerable in front of each other is a testament to the true nature of human beings to be compassionate towards one another. Many of our songwriters this summer experience anxiety and a variety of challenges when it comes to reading, writing and focusing for long periods of time. We observed these anxieties alleviated to a high degree as they were given the freedom to use words in whatever way they chose, whether it was nonsensically, as poetry, as improvisation and then set in an artistic framework of melody and rhythm. Campers are also provided a variety of choices as to how they’d like to spend their time whether it be sound engineering, writing lyrics, drawing in their journal, working with a group, playing an instrument, mentoring younger participants and so much more. Songwriting can be a tedious process so we make a point of getting out of our heads with spontaneous dance parties, nature walks, theater games and even meditation.  Parents who swore their child was too shy to perform in front of an audience were delighted to watch them describe the process of songwriting and then perform an original piece in front of a crowd of peers and strangers. Most importantly, we had so much FUN! From swimming in freezing cold rivers, to spying on shoppers in the local supermarket, to long walks in the woods, to using paint and recycled materials to make instruments, to our end of the day listening sessions.. every day ended with smiles and excitement for what the next day would bring.

Thank you again to each and every one of you who has participated in making these camps such a transformative and enjoyable experience for myself and for the young songwriters I’ve been so blessed to work with. I’ll be spending part of the fall in Europe and then back in October to offer home school programs, private and small group sessions and planning next summer. Enjoy these pictures and please reach out to me with testimonials, comments, suggestions and requests for a Young Songwriter program near you! My email is havilahrand@gmail.com or fill out the form..

YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP AUSTIN 2016

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METHOW VALLEY YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP SEATTLE 2016

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VASHON ISLAND YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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BELLINGHAM YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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Gratitude and Looking Forward…

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Greetings and Happy New Year from Havilah, the founder and creator of Young Songwriter Programs. First, I want to thank the many friends and supporters who gave to our Indiegogo fundraising campaign in November and December. Together we were able to raise $2500 which will go towards paying for recording equipment, instruments and providing scholarships for five young songwriters this summer. (by the way you can STILL donate so check out the link HERE) So far I’ve been a one woman machine but now I feel like I truly have a team of supporters and believers behind me. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to give young people the opportunity to tap into their own innate creative talents and express themselves without fear or judgement. After years teaching in both public and alternative learning classrooms, I know the stark difference between a child whose true potential is being stifled or awakened, whose self confidence is being torn down or lifted up and whose desire to create is being supported or squelched.

My dream is that the philosophy and guiding principles of the Young Songwriter Programs will be embodied in a curriculum that can be integrated into public and private school learning communities. For now, the summer camps and workshops are flourishing. The after school workshops at both Integrity Academy and Austin Village Academy culminated with over twelve songs about everything from fossils to minecraft to the fear a tightrope walker must feel when hovering over a city. I also led several private workshops at birthday parties, Christmas parties and a New Year’s Day gathering. These were beautiful moments when I was able to facilitate groups of both young people and adults co-writing a song that was of course recorded and given to each participant.

If you know me, then you know I have itchy feet and have to move around frequently. I’ll be in Austin, TX till May with a quick jaunt to the Colorado area in April. I’m available for private coaching, small group workshops and homeschool programs so contact me if you are interested! Then in June I will offer a Cirque De Soleil summer camp at Integrity Academy from May 30 – June 3. This will be a blast as we write our own music, practice dance and acro-yoga to create an incredible performance. I’ll then take off for the Pacific Northwest and lead summer camps in Twisp, Seattle, Vashon Island and Bellingham all in Washington State. Check out the Summer Camp 2016 page for more details.  In August, it’s off to Alaska. Then a tentative plan to head to the east coast and Europe in the fall. I’ll keep you posted and please reach out if you are interested in helping put together a workshop, house concert, or combination in any of these parts of the globe.

Much Gratitude to all and may 2016 bring you many opportunities to be creative, to sing songs and to manifest your dreams..

Love, Havilah

Creativity Inspires Leadership

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The beautiful thing about my songwriting  workshops is that they take on a life of their own. I barely have to plan because only the slightest nudge is needed for young people to open their hearts and express what is inside. Young Songwriter Rio who is 8 years old has not only written several songs over the past few weeks but has also become a mentor and coach to others who are more introverted. She helps adjust microphones, set up percussion, design posters and offer support and encouragement to those who are recording vocal tracks which requires great vulnerability and courage. Kids like Rio make my job less of a leader and more of an assistant.

Here is what Rio’s mother has to say about her daughter’s experience in the Young Songwriting Workshops. I’m blessed and grateful to receive these words..

“We are so pleased with the work that Havilah has done with our daughter during their songwriting workshops.  Havilah has a great gift and real talent for helping kids express their creativity through songwriting, singing & music.  I have seen my daughter gain confidence and a new love of music while working with Havilah. When they are making music together the flow is incredible to see.  I highly recommend Havilah’s class!”