Here are some suggestions to help you plan your school song.
Involve students, staff, parents and carers by asking them to consider some of the following:
- Use your school motto or creed as a good starting point.
- Examine the ethos or mission statement of your school.
- Identify what is unique or distinctive about your school.
- Consider the school environment and the surrounding landscape e.g. suburban, rural, semi-industrial, seaside, hills, city etc. and what impact this has on the school.
- Think about any unusual, humorous or dramatic events that have occurred.
- Reflect on the changes that have taken place since the school began.
- Take note of any historical events that shaped the school or local area.
- Identify students (past and present) who have achieved recognition in the community for their talents or good works.
- Consider the various cultural backgrounds of the students.
- Articulate your hopes for what your school community may achieve in the future.
- Brainstorm to uncover any other ideas.
A school song is most effective when it contains a strong central theme or concept and one or two secondary ideas. Once you have gathered suggestions I will work with you to identify these key aspects. The process then is as follows:
- I begin crafting the lyrics
- I send you a draft of the lyrics for feedback and approval
- I compose music for those lyrics
- I deliver the finished song. This includes sheet music, a backing track and a demo recording.
Glyn Lehmann B.A. Performing Arts – Music