Steve Slade is a long time Yukoner who has been working in the (mostly) rural community schools for almost 3 decades. He pioneered the ‘songwriting in the classroom’ here in the Yukon and the NWT’s Mackenzie Delta. Songs that he has written with students have won awards, prizes, and resulted in two CD’s with involvement from 5 Yukon schools.
He has worked in schools coast to coast to coast. A song he wrote with a Grade 1 class in Langley BC was read into the national record of Parliament (Hansard) in Ottawa (2008). But, more importantly, the songs have impacted on the students involved and he regularly gets young students (now young adults) coming up to him in the grocery stores, gas stations and venues to greet him and sing a few lyrics together.
For the last decade he has been traveling to schools with 20 ukuleles, various guitars, basses, bangers, shakers and sundry musical instruments. Steve and the class will write a song together, and then he will teach the instruments and arrange the class and songs for a performance at their Christmas or end of school year concert. The students accompany themselves in concert. It’s a blast!