Len Udow is well known to Manitoba audiences as a singer, songwriter, and music producer. He performs regularly on stage, at festivals and fairs, on radio and television, and in recording studios across Canada. A multi-instrumentalist on piano, banjo, and guitar, Len has been a music teacher in St. Boniface schools, and has been participating in the Artists in the Schools program for 28 years. In 1994, Len recorded a collection of songs entitled Walk Right In, half of which were songs written by and for the children in songwriting workshops in Manitoba. Recently, Len celebrated his 24th year of music making and travelling with Fred Penner. In 2001 and 2002 Len wrote and recorded 24 songs with students at Brock Corydon School and Birds Hill School. In 2004 and 2005 Len helped to write and record two CDs of songs with students and staff at Minitonas School and Killarney School.
“Say It With A Song: Songwriting – A Mode of Learning and Expression” In this workshop students are led through a process of creative song writing from beginning to end. The language, theme, and concepts are developed cooperatively, based on the participants’ current interests and experiences. Students work together to create the tune, tempo, and lyrics.
All the songs are recorded and lyrics are transcribed for a songbook provided to each participant. On the last day a concert of the songs is performed for the participants and their community. The recording is left behind as a resource for the teaching staff. Also available is a series of workshops designed to provide the community/school with a seasonal concert presented by Len and the students. The workshop may be based on special themes related to curriculum or social issues, such as social harmony, self-esteem, and freedom.