The Family Folk Song Project

Cathy Ward
Saturday, July 16th: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Ken Olsen Science Center Chairman’s Room

Do you want to encourage your students to make music at home? Are you looking for songs that celebrate the unique culture of your students? In this session, I will share folk songs collected from my students in Somerville, MA, as well as the steps you can follow to complete your own Family Folk Song project. The Family Folk Song Project will allow you to engage families and collect authentic folk songs that you can use in your classroom to make your repertoire culturally relevant to your school community.

Participants will be able to:

  • encourage their students to make music at home with their families
  • collect authentic folk songs from their students
  • use folk songs collected from their students in their teaching to make the repertoire relevant to the culture of their school community


Cathy WardCathy Ward teaches K-6 General Music at the Benjamin Brown School and Michael Capuano Early Childhood Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. She completed all three levels of Kodaly at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT, and Orff Level 1 at Boston University. Cathy studied at Boston University (Masters of Music, Music Education, 2012), and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Bachelor of Education, 2010, Bachelor of Music, 2009).