Hi. I'm Ben
I'm a resident of Waltham, Massachusetts, and I'm passionate about helping groups reach their potentials.
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I graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University, where I worked as a research assistant to Prof. Jon Levisohn in the philosophy of education. I’ve studied group engagement in schools as well as conferences across the country. Currently, I teach fourth grade at The Rashi School, a private K-8 school in Dedham, MA. I focus on flipped classrooms, project based learning, teaching as learning, and meta-cognitive processes.
My focus in education revolves around our responsibilities as a nation to educate our country and build a healthy, happy, and sustainable society. Once we’ve identified those responsibilities, what does their execution look like in our schools? As information becomes evermore abundant and accessible, and our economy requires savvy, creative innovators, what sorts of curricula, classrooms, economic incentives, and education staffing are most appropriate?
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There is a creative and spontaneous discussion experienced between great musicians jamming together. A sognleader makes that free-form activity accessible to the average person. For groups of two or three, to a community of hundreds, songleading facilitates a group interacting and creating with itself in real time. Songleading is what community feels like.
A conversation can exist between a few people, but when the numbers grow beyond that, the organization breaks down and the conversation suffers. As a songleader, I facilitate musical discussion on a large scale.
Songleading connects with the core of a community to support its mission and philosophy. Music, games, stories, meditations, and discussions; these are the tools of the trade. A songleader listens to the group. Sensing participant's desires and ideas, he presents them back to the group at large. A songleader facilitates a loop from participant to group and back again. A songleader identifies new places in the music to explore and carries the group there.
I go into every songsession with a plan, often several, and as a group, we end up creating something entirely new. That's the point. This kind of work is the closest I ever feel to the passionate and uninhibited, free play that we experience as children. At the height of a songsession, neither the group nor I know where we're going next, and that's okay. That's what is so exciting. We lead each other to some new creation, some new experience, uniquely ours and of our own doing. A good songsession is a group accomplishment.
If your business, school, sport, club, camp, festival, or other community is looking to engage together, strengthen its mission, and enrich it's dynamic, consider a songlaeding event with me. My programs are inviting, a little moving and spiritual, and always a good time. Be in touch to find out how a songleading event can support your community.