Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 16, 202110:30 AM - 11:30 AM

If you could change the world through song, what would you change and what would you say to inspire that change? Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement he led inspired songs promoting freedom and justice, including Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” In this introductory workshop, join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group. Music professionals Adam Ollendorff and Kyshona Armstrong will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Via chat, participants will share ideas and write an original song. Ollendorff has toured as a member of Kacey Musgraves’s band, and his songs have been recorded by Will Hoge and Keb’ Mo’. Kyshona blends roots, rock, R&B, and folk to “uplift the marginalized and bring awareness to the masses,” and her music has been praised by NPR, BBC Radio, and Rolling Stone.


Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.


Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free.


Optional materials (recommended):

  • Paper and writing utensil for taking notes
  • Your own musical instrument for playing along




By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 9:30 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. the day before the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. While space is limited, a minimum number of participants is required for this program to take place. While the instructor will have audio and video on during the program, it is optional for participants to turn their cameras and/or audio on during the live program. We will not record video or audio of participants for use after the program. Please reach out to if you have any questions.


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