Writing Songs with Kids and for Kids (2022 program)

Gail Dreifus
Music 4 / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Real-time event on festival day with pre-registration required. You can find the registration link near the top of the program page when the link is ready.

During this pandemic, how better to educate and spend time with kids then on Zoom, social distancing and having creative fun!

Gail will encourage you to get in touch with your inner child and write from a kid’s perspective.  Being silly, creative, writing and performing your song with enthusiasm is the goal of this workshop.  She will share with you ideas on what to write about and provide you with thoughts on how to craft your song to be teachable and entertaining.  Another aspect of this workshop is how to write songs with kids. Gail has been trained as a “Guitars in the Classroom” (GITC) teacher under the founder, Jessica Barron. Gail is bringing this knowledge to share easy tips on how to write songs with kids.  Bring with you: whatever you use to write, a sense of humor, and wonder.

Gail Dreifus bought her first guitar at Goodwill at the age of 14 and has been writing songs since she could string a series of basic chords together. Starting with songs of protest and heartfelt love songs, Gail also writes about nature and history. Inspired by living in Yosemite National Park, she developed a program of original songs about the park which has been performed for over 25 years for children and their guardians. Her songs are catchy, appealing and it is surprising to note how much information is incorporated in the lyrics. Gail is the founder and director of Yosemite Songwriting Retreat which is now in its 10th year.