Arts-Integrated Residencies

Alden Phelps

Preposterous Parodies!

Customized Arts-Integrated Residencies for your school

Grades: 3-5; Length: 3-6 days

Administered through Young Audiences

Alden is a 2008 graduate of the Teaching Artists Institute

Teaching Artists Institute graduate Alden Phelps performs his hilarious language-centered program Word Play for your students, then teaches them to create their own songs or parodies of famous songs.  

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Students love to create parodies, and the ability to use parody indicates a strong conceptual understanding. This residency combines elements of Language Arts with your desired curriculum focus, such as History, Social Studies, or Math. Alden helps students create their own parodies, and through guided practice helps students understand rhyme structure and scheme, demonstrating basic rules of song writing. Students will connect creatively with the curriculum through language arts and music to foster deeper understanding. 

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Contact Young Audiences of Maryland for further information.

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See lyrics of some student parody songs

“Awesome, active engagement from all students. Every student had a part/job to do. Alden was fantastic! He challenged and motivated every student in a fun and meaningful way.”

-Ms L. Cravey, Grade 3 teacher, Emma K Doub Elementary School

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“How wonderful to know your time there is having such an lasting impact and continuing to inspire these students! That is definitely the best residency possible. Much appreciation for your work!”

-Chris Stewart, Maryland State Arts Council’s Artists-in-Education Director

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“Henry in our class did another math parody, an original song and video! Also my class has been so obsessed with writing math raps, songs, and parodies that we now have a scheduled day of the week as performance day. The kids called it Portable Idol or Kids Factor and they have a rubric for Lily and I to use to judge them. Thanks for awakening their musical creative side J”

-K. Mitchell, grade 3 teacher, Montgomery County

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“Thanks so much for a wonderful residency. It was great and hopefully we can do this again.” 

- grade 3 teacher, Mays Chapel Elementary School

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“Thank you for letting me play the parody of “Rolling in Deep” on the guitar with you! I wish I could have you again as an artist in residence.” 

 - student, Westbrook ES

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“All our educational objectives were fulfilled!”

- grade 4 teacher at Tunbridge Public Charter School

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“The best arts-integrated lesson I’ve had yet!”

- grade 4 teacher at Havre de Grace Elementary school

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