The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (www.arts.pa.gov) defines teaching artists residencies as substantial periods of time in which an artist (or artists) works intensively with small groups of learners (“core groups”) on one or more long-term projects.
During this time, learners exercise creative control over their work. The artist’s role in such work is that of mentor and facilitator, leading students through guided self-discovery, and of technical advisor on important artistic concepts and skills. Residencies are developed collaboratively between the artist and the host organization. Planning is conducted well before the beginning of the residency, allowing ample time for necessary arrangements to be made by both the artist and residency host.
Such residencies allow me to create relationships with others, children and adults, that allow them to explore their own musicality and storymaking abilities. Both are inherent parts of being human.