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AADL's Library Songsters Program Highlighted

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:17pm by TimG

For more than a decade, AADL's Library Songsters Program has brought area folk and blues musicians into classrooms though a partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The program teaches students, with the guidance of a professional musician, how to compose original songs, based on a unit of history or a related subject that students are studying in the classroom.

The just-published Fall 2013 issue of Michigan Music Educator highlights AADL's unique program, which has meant so much to hundreds of area youth.


My daughter was in a program with local musician Joe Reilly at Lawton Elementary last year. It was a very cool experience. Thanks to the library for supporting this program!

Congrats to Ira Lax and the Library Songsters program for serving as a model of excellence in education!

My Clague Middle School students have had wonderful experiences with this program over the years, and it fits in well into our social studies curriculum. From traditional American songs with Betsy Beckerman, to music and dance from Ghana with Kofi Ameyaw, to singing East European songs and dancing the troika from Russia. Being able to perform at the main library is a special bonus and very motivating after 3 weeks of learning and rehearsing. Thank you, Ira Lax and the AADL. - Jeff Gaynor

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