Stuart leads artist-in-residence experiences for students of all ages, though most of his work has been with elementary schools. His residencies focus on songwriting and/or storytelling. A typical residency can include:
- Writing a School Song
- Working with classes or grade levels to create songs or verses that reflect curricular or other areas of interest.
- Teaching students to perform folk tales
- Leading students in creating stories based on archetypal forms, such as Trickster Tales, the Hero’s Journey, or Pourquoi (why) Stories.
Residencies incorporate the Kennedy Center definition of arts integration in order to promote greater student engagement and connections to previous learning.
Residencies can include performances, recordings of student work, videos, slide shows, or publications.
Stuart also co-leads some residencies with his dear friend and fellow musician Tom Pease.
Songwriting with the River Valley Studio School.
Some Examples of Past Residencies
Manitowoc, Wi. – Stuart and Tom Pease wrote verses to songs about reading with 15+ kindergarten classes . The kids then got to sing their songs for their families.
Madison, Wi. – Stuart worked with 3-5 graders to collect family stories, to write and re-tell. Students also worked with the art teacher to make hand-made books of their stories.
Appleton, Wi. – Worked with middle school students , teaching them to tell and create folktales which illustrated themes of “rites of passage.” Students then created books of their stories
Racine, Wi. – Stuart wrote songs based on folk-tales with k-5 students. Each classroom wrote a song and then sang it at a final all-school program.