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Learning How to Sing Stories

July 17, 2020

Herrera, Juan Felipe (Performance Artist, Activist, and U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015)

Students; Teachers; Oral Tradition; Storytelling; Singing

Juan Felipe Herrera, a performance artist, activist, and U.S. poet laureate in 2015, recalls how his third-grade teacher’s compliment on his singing voice led to his lifelong belief in using his voice to encourage the beauty in the voices, stories, and, experiences of others. He goes on to speak about the power of the humanities to warm communities, create peace, and, move hearts.

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Music / Fiction and Poetry / Students / Teachers / Oral Tradition / Storytelling / Singing /

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