Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Performance of "You Need to Get to Know Me", from my 2001 residency at Wilsonville High School

A clip of the song, "You Need to Get to Know Me",  from an Oregon Public Broadcasting Art Beat show in 2001 featuring my residency at Wilsonville High School, where I assisted special education students from Sally Harris's Life Learning class, along with several music and art students, in creating instruments out of found and recycled materials, composing music and writing songs, producing a CD, Junk Jam, and performing at the Wilsonville Festival of Arts. 

Sally Harris (who is now the special education administrator in the West Linn/Wilsonville district) wrote:

"Out of my 23 years of teaching I have never been involved with anything that made my students so proud of themselves and show such feelings of success. Stephen helped to show the other students and staff in the school that these students with special needs have unexpected talents, and they are
capable of doing things that no one ever thought they were capable of."

Sally Harris, Special Education Chair, Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Oregon 

Photos of Wilsonville (Oregon) High School Life Learning Program students recording at Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio in Portland, using their wonderful voices and percussion instruments they put together from various recycled materials, collaborating with music students Ryan and Nick, and Artist-in-Residence Stephen Cohen, with help from teacher Sally Harris and her staff:

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