Lyrical Lessons: Using Music In Language Arts

Taking a look at music you may have heard a hundred times but never really listened to, this workshop will dive deeper into the meaning behind the melodies.  Analyzing the different strategies we can learn from these timeless tunes, we will discuss techniques and examples to teach poetry, creative writing, and literary devices.  Whether we’re looking at enduring classics or present-day pop hits, this workshop will give you an arsenal of toe-tapping material to pull the students into the literary arts.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • YYSpeak (Miranda Krogstad)
    Zaire Sealy

    Workshop Presenter : Zaire

    Zaire Ink is an emerging Hip-Hop artist with deep roots in Spoken-Word Poetry. His passion for crafting witty lyrics with an intriguing flair, while exploring topics such as masculinity, street survival, youth struggles and relationships, have made him a definitive act to watch moving forward. Known for his transparency and genuine forwardness, Zaire believes that the truth can change the way we speak about our narratives; turning our messes into our messages and our tests into our testimonies.

    Workshop Creator: Miranda

    Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life.  Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada.

    Outside of the formal educational setting, Krogstad is an advocate for positivity and love in the spoken word community and beyond, performing on subject matter from mental health awareness to gender equality.  Krogstad was a member of the 2016 national wild card team, a two-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, a Calgary Arts Development Grant Recipient, and a participant in the Banff Centre International Spoken Word Program.  She has since founded the organization YYSpeak to promote and support Calgarian spoken word poets and events.