With KidZNotes students, following AM Informance.
(Durham NC)

Stilwell Honors Chorus @ Spivey Hall, Clayton State University. Sunday performance following Friday, Saturday in-school workshop and rehearsal.
(Morrow GA)

"One of my biggest joys is working with students of all ages, discussing and exploring and creating music through song. Facilitating workshops, residencies and Informances allows me the opportunity to help people discover the songs that live inside their souls and hearts. Within my musical livelihood, there is very little 'work' that is as fulfilling as this." 

"My goal is to give practical tools for participants to use that will help them express themselves through music ... (it) should be an inspiring and empowering experience for participants of all ages." — SHANA TUCKER

Shana teaches workshops on the following topics (overviews available upon request):

  • "Two-Five-One" Jazz Basics

  • Intro to Songwriting

  • Songwriting Techniques (intermediate songwriting)

  • Listening Ears: Intra-Ensemble Communication

  • The Grind: Indie Artist Insight on the Work Process

  • Reimagining & Renewal: Making a Cover Song Your Own

Shana is available for workshops, teaching artist residencies, informances and guest artist appearances at your school, university or camp. If you'd like more information about how to make it happen, please send an email.

in-school Informances (all ages)

Throughout the year, I have the honor and pleasure of visiting schools and summer camps to talk with students of all ages and grade levels (including university)  about my career as a professional musician, learning to play cello in public school, performing and recording, and working for KÀ by Cirque du Soleil. The morning or afternoon session includes an Informance (info-performance), and the opportunity for students to get introductory hands-on experience on the cello, and to play/sing/dance with me. 

If you'd like to coordinate an informance for your school, please send an email.

community chorus project GUEST ARTIST:
Re-imagining R.E.M.'s "EVERYBODY HURTS" 

Community Chorus Project (CCP) was founded in 2011 by Lauren Bromley Hodge, a Chapel Hill, NC based arts entrepreneur, in collaboration with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Community Chorus Project, LLC is a company with a mission to plant seeds of creativity, fun and artistry in middle and high school age singers.

If you'd like to coordinate a guest artist workshop for your school, please send an email.

32 high school kids went into a studio near Chapel Hill, NC during the SUMMER RECORDING WORKSHOP offered by Community Chorus Project and recorded R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" thanks to a grant from the University of North Carolina. R.E.M.'s manager loved our video when he saw it and posted it to their website and Facebook page.

KidZNotes - teaching artist workshops

Kidznotes is a music for social change program that engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in an intense, fully integrated, out-of-school musical program that includes instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. Envisioned as an educational and community enrichment program based on the El Sistema model and adapted to the local realities of the communities we serve, Kidznotes provides instruction free-of-charge to interested children in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Durham and Raleigh.

If you'd like to coordinate a teaching artist workshop for your school, please send an email


Durham School of the Arts (DSA) is an active and dynamic center for arts and academic education. School life at DSA is based on our shared culture of success and an emphasis on tolerance, diversity, personal responsibility, and respect for individual differences. DSA is a magnet school founded on the premise of providing our students with an education focused on excellence in the visual and performing arts and rigorous academics.  We believe that since our students are both participants and consumers of the arts, they will be better educated and more informed citizens.  As a result, we expect our students to be the leaders and intellectuals of tomorrow.