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Tammy Vice teaches songwriting to Next Step at Vanderbilt students at the Words & Music Program.

Tammy Vice teaches songwriting to Next Step at Vanderbilt students at the Words & Music Program.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Students Learning the Art of Songwriting

Updated on 5/10/2011 11:07:28 AM.

Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Next Steps at Vanderbilt students are participating in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Words & Music Program. Through the 6-week course, led by seasoned songwriters Tammy Vice and Trent Jeffcoat, the students will have an opportunity to explore the art of songwriting. At the end of the process, Jeffcoat and Vice will put the students’ words to music, and the course will conclude with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and an opportunity to hear their songs performed live.

“Everybody needs to be heard,” said Tammy Vice, Vanderbilt Kennedy Community Advisory Council (CAC) member. “I think that is the reason matching the Words & Music Program with students with disabilities is so important to me. I know these kids have the want and the ability to create, just like any other kid has. I see how proud they are when they create something that expresses who they are, something that is only theirs. I think we are so busy trying to fit people with disabilities into our world that often we do not think about what they want, what they like, and who they are. This program gives them a chance to think about and to share their ideas and wants. We are not different. We all like to be heard and we all have something to say.”

For more information, contact alice.gh.kim@vanderbilt.edu

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