Initiatives For Educators

Accentuate The Positive

Project Details

In 2002, The Johnny Mercer Foundation launched a lyric-writing program to teach elementary students about the art of songwriting and to introduce them to the songs of the Great American Songbook.

At the center of this program is Accentuate the Positive, a student activity guide that explains how a song is born, how music and lyrics are conceived and written, and how these songs reflect our passions and ideals. Accentuate the Positive is currently being used in Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta schools.

Additionally, Songs of Johnny Mercer, an activity guide that teaches the fundamentals of music through four of Johnny Mercer’s songs can be used in tandem with Accentuate the Positive allowing students to create both the music and lyrics of their song.

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Johnny Mercer on the telephone.