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How To Write a Song

A four-part series, complete with accompanying activity sheets, for use in primary school classrooms or at home to teach young children the basics of writing their own song.

Utilising the children’s song and picture book, The Teddy Bear Hunt, celebrating community spirit and kindness in Aotearoa; learn about how rythmn, mood, tempo and pitch make up the essential elements of writing a song.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is thrilled to have partnered with renowned producer and singer/songwriter Chris Sanders of Angel Star Publishing on this unique and timely project.

Teddy Bear Hunt came about in response to the COVID 19 lockdowns and the song and accompanying picture book celebrates the spirit of kindness and community which emerged out of the grassroots Teddy Bear Hunt campaign. These videos were produced during COVID Alert Level 2.

Episode 1: Introduction & Brainstorming 


Episode 2: Mood, Tempo & Rhythm


Episode 3: Melody, Rhyming & Creating Your Chorus


Episode 4: Verses, Final Structure & Collaborating with Friends!


Written & Sung by Chris Sanders
Illustrated by Natalie Conaty

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards supporting APO Connecting projects, helping Auckland’s orchestra to connect with music lovers young and old.

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