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Saturday, August 10 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Strengths, Synergy and Semi-Spontaneous Songs

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Even people with no background in particular creative areas can get substantial results quickly if they have the right support. And as magical as music and songwriting often seem to be, even they can be doable by anyone. Participants will go through a facilitated songwriting process in which Appreciative Inquiry (another well-known “AI”) guides them in co-creating from scratch the music and lyrics for an original song, even if they have no experience as musicians or songwriters. Living between improv and writing, the process lowers creativity pressure compared to true in-the- moment improv, providing novices with a valuable incremental step toward improv in general, and specifically toward musical improv which can seem even more daunting. We’ll discuss the benefits of integrating structure and spontaneity in creative work, resonances between basic improv principles and Appreciative Inquiry’s strengths-based approach, possibilities for using this and similar processes to enhance team collaboration and connection through creative pursuits that might otherwise seem out of reach, and the value of such creative work for businesses, organizations, support groups, and any group that perceives itself as having a shared identity. Come ready to feel, think, create, collaborate and sing!


Mark S. Meritt

Mark S. Meritt has been a performer and writer since childhood. Through Songs By You, he uses his original facilitated songwriting process to help people create music and lyrics, whether or not they have experience as musicians or songwriters. As Musical Director of the Mopco Improv... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
The Wang Center - Chapel