Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Science Skills

Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Important Science Skills in Preschool Teaching music in preschool, isn’t just about music appreciation.  Music taught at an early age increase students academic and social /emotional learning in years to come.  That is why we are so passionate about our Music First!program. Music First! is a 12-16 week residency where our teaching artists work alongside classroom teachers fostering student’s school readiness skills.  These skills include literacy, math, and science through music. As part of this curriculum, students explore the importance of recycling by making instruments out of plastic bowls, aluminum foil, paper towel rolls and much more!  In future lessons, students play  rhythmic pattern using their recycled instrument to illustrate characters from a book they are reading. You can learn more about our MUSIC FIRST! program, here.       Please follow and like...

How to Work With an Artist in Residence

At a time when the arts are being squeezed out of the curriculum,  inviting an artist to take up residence in your school can be an excellent way to supplement arts education. Working directly with an artist can reveal the process of creating art and help pupils to experiment with their creativity and gain confidence in expressing themselves. It will also give young people an insight into the professional arts world and demonstrate the continuum from art made in the classroom through to professional practice. The benefits might be obvious, but the process of setting up an artist in residence may not be. Here are some tips for a successful collaboration. Think about your project brief Make sure you have a purpose in mind for the artist to work towards. What type of involvement would you like the artist to have? You may want them to give talks, run practical workshops or lead a project that will involve pupils in the production of an artwork. Think about how the residency will link to school curriculum or out-of-school activity. Make sure you are clear about what you hope students and staff will gain from the experience. Set a timeline How many times a week will this artist come in and for how long?  Will the students display their learning at the end of the residence? Will this be for the school Parents? Give the artist specifics Make sure the artist knows  who to contact if they are going to miss a class due to illness or other factors.  What is the make-up policy? Have a conversation about how the school...

The Value of Music Integration: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective

  Music Integration looks different in every classroom depending on the comfort levels of the collaborating teachers. These four wonderful classroom teachers from Oakland learned alongside their students as the music teacher taught rhythmic activities using steady beat and simple musical notation. The classroom teachers then modified those rhythmic activities to use in later language, math, and science lessons. Hear their reflection on how music integration has affected their teaching practice.   How do you integrate music into your classroom?       Please follow and like...

Promoting Peace in the Classroom and Home: Fighting Is Not The Solution

As a classroom teacher, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to bring music into my classroom.  Recently, I stumbled on the Mosaic Project, an Oakland non profit. This organization’s mission is to: We work toward a peace­ful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers. A coworker introduced me to and amazing CD and Song Book they created.  The Song, Fighting Is Not The Solution became a daily song in our classroom.  The songs reinforces I-statements and the importance of talking about your feelings.  Seeing the success of the song (you know it’s successful when students start singing the chorus when a conflict starts in your classroom), I went to their website to learn more. Not only do they provide a CD and Songbook, but they have camps for youth and families.  This is a great resource for teachers, artists, and parents that you can’t pass up!  Go check them out! Please follow and like...
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