Mariénne facilitates workshops in a variety of settings, including churches, community education classes, and concert venues. She also brings her skills and passion into the classroom as a Roster Teaching Artist and/or Artist in Residence through The Central MN Arts Board (serving Wright, Stearns, Benton & Sherburne counties) as grant approval and funding permit.
“As a performer, songwriter, composer, vocal coach, poet and playwright I bring my love of music, language and performance to encourage spontaneity in others. I find joy in creating a safe, stimulating environment where students can develop their writing and performing skills as each discovers their own unique and potent voice. Fortifying creative abilities brings students a sense of adventure and achievement, and helps them to experience each other at a deeper level. It builds community.” – Mariénne
“Folk Songs Are For Singing” (2 DAY RESIDENCY FOR GRADES 3 – 6 with optional Lyceum performance)
Do today’s students realize that folk songs are a potent part of their cultural heritage? This music was a driving force in my own development as a poet, songwriter, and performer. I am passionate about inspiring others to hear and sing it!
I begin by performing selected folk songs and then students respond through a reflective protocol, discovering the meaning and impact of this art form for themselves. Then they learn about the actual historical and social context in which the songs were created. Next, I lead fun vocal and physical warmups, designed to energize and prepare students to sing with greater power, accuracy, and confidence. The residency culminates in students learning to sing two or more folk songs. They may perform in the (optional) lyceum concert as well. Classes meet a variety of STATE STANDARDS in MUSIC and HISTORY
“Ms. Kreitlow is a talented and engaging performer, and students were intrigued by her original compositions. We were able to make connections between folk music and prior units of study, as well as compare and contrast different versions of the folk songs presented. Their exposure to folk music, especially the concept of songwriting as a literary and storytelling tool, enhanced subsequent units of study as well.” – Jana LeClaire, music teacher, Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Middle School
“The Electricity of Poetry” (2 DAY RESIDENCY FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS with optional Lyceum performance, public display and/or publication.)
Let’s take poetry off the page and discover the connection between the written word and the power of sound and movement, delivered with clarity and conviction to a supportive, responsive, and often surprised audience!
I begin by performing my own poems, showing that poetry can be about anything. I lead them in exercises designed to get them energized and connected, dynamically expressing through sound and movement. Students are guided to write with full sensory awareness, using unexpected creative tools. Finally, they go on to explore their full range of creative talents with purposeful and dramatic delivery of their work. Classes meet a variety of STATE STANDARDS in READING, LITERATURE and WRITING.
“Identifying the seven senses has really helped their writing. It was also really nice to see some of my students get out of their comfort zone and participate during the more active activities. It was a good community building exercise.” – Ben Anderson, 5th grade Language Arts teacher, HLWW Middle School
“A lot of my kids have been pretty excited about poetry since your visit. They also love all your comments and really like that an published author/artist gave them advice and not just their same ‘ole teacher!” – Brooke Thrall, 5th grade Language Arts teacher, HLWW
“Marienne has a wonderful artistic voice and proudly shares her love of music and teaching at each and every rehearsal. Her music is original, melodic and unique and her teaching is direct, informational and engaging.” -Dennis Whipple, Executive Artistic Director, GreatTheatre.org
“We thank you for ALL you did to promote movement, music, poetry and FUN!” – Marsha Watkins, 3-4-5 Multiage Teacher, Discovery Elementary, Buffalo, MN
Creating Original Music for Worship In this hands-on workshop you will write 1 – 2 songs to share with your spiritual community or just cherish for yourself. No particular level of expertise is required, just a willingness to have fun, open your heart, and let Spirit move you as you are guided in a step by step process to open to the creative flow God has put within you.
“You inspired participants who didn’t know they could be inspired to become songwriters. Several people have handed me songs that they wrote after your class and we plan on performing them in church. Your gentle, yet persuasive manner during the seminar was motivating and all left knowing they had the power within to be more creative.” -Lynn O’Connell, Wilmington NC
Poetry & Song Combustion This workshop helps you find your own voice as you create poems and/or songs. Playful exercises whet the imagination while activating the vocal and physical freedom you likely experienced as a child. In an atmosphere of fun and unconditional support you will be surprised by what comes through you!
“I have never written a song before and thought that I would not be able to complete my project. I wrote my first song and it will soon be sung in my church! Marienne pulled a talent out of me that I never dreamed existed. The writer in me is unleashed and I have begun a book.”-Kathy Stokley, Wilmington NC
“Thank you for giving us the experience of connecting with ourselves through movement, voice and sound. The result is a new found freedom as well as a strengthening of the bonds of our church community.”-Kim Gustafson, Eau Claire, WI
The Adventure of Collage: Seeing More of Me! A 2 – 3 hour workshop. Great for pre-teens and teens as well as adults! Are you an adventurer? A nature lover? A clown? A time traveler? What are some other parts of you? Through quick collage and wordplay you will discover and express more ot the real you! You’ll go home with a piece of eye-popping, thought-provoking artwork that you can frame and an affirming statement about you you are, intrigued and amazed by what you’ve learned about yourself and others!
“Please do this again here. It was fun because of letting your inside feelings free.” -Amber Gunderson, age 12