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Aaron Nigel Smith (Young Audiences)

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Students will collaborate to create a culminating musical composition.
  • We will exercise our critical thinking skills by learning to express math, science, literacy and social concepts through music.
  • The unique musical contribution of each student will be heard.
  • Using active participation in music students to build self-confidence and collaboration skills.

BIO

For the past ten years, it has been my mission to engage school and local communities in musical outreach projects that educate, promote cultural awareness, and inspire collaborative experiences.  Teachers & students have the opportunity to become co-creators during my residencies. Together, we make music that has the potential to have a significant and lasting impact on the individual child as well as our global community.

DISCIPLINES

Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

In grades K-2 I tend to focus on music & movement based activities and projects.  Synthesis of music & movement concepts help children to make key connections between music & and the body in motion.

 

For students in grades 3-5, I like to explore musical concepts with an emphasis on group singing. We also experiment with many ways to make sound make meaning- students & teachers choose drums, shakers, bells, and a variety of percussion instruments from around the world to express key curriculum points. Drumming is one of the most accessible forms of music making for children of all ages. There is something very inviting and unintimidating about creating rhythms with in a group. It is also a great discipline for learning how to create multiple parts that work well together.

 

For children of middle school age and older, I enjoy exploring the idea of musical composition. You can apply this to any area of study from math, to science, social studies, writing or literature.  Creating a song that helps us solve a mathematical equation, or a melody that explains metamorphosis, a chorus that speaks about social justice, or a simple poem that becomes a melody. It can be vocal, instrumental or a combination based on the interests and musical abilities of the students and teachers involved in the workshop. After creating the song we also perform it live for the school community and professionally record it and put it on a CD for students to keep.

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Music can be used to teach or enhance almost any curriculum area. I have worked with local, regional and national programs, The PBS Kids show Between the Lions & most recently the Young Audiences Arts For Learning Seed Folks project to make connections between music and literacy.

 

Math concepts are naturally explored when learning music.

 

We apply critical thinking skills at all levels of the process to choose our songs, lyrics, instruments, arrangements, performance & recording plans.

 

We can connect to other core curriculum by using a song that relates to a topic being studied in class. Another possibility is to adapt a literary reference from a language arts class into a song. Our group of students & teachers will create art together that will be shared with the greater community.

 

GALLERY

FEE INFO

Fee is $70 per classroom session (50 minutes), preparation hour, and per planning & reflection meetings with school.

*additional fees may apply for equipment rentals and materials*

Travel Costs: Artist charges $.56 per mile to travel from Lake Oswego

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x231

Email:

josephine@ya-or.org

Website:

http://ya-or.org/

http://www.oneworldchorus.org

REFERENCES

Antonio Dangerfield

Teacher

antoniond@gmail.com

718-485-4924

n: Achievement First East New York Academy 557 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207


K - 5

Kaili Bray

Teacher

Kaili_Bray@beaverton.k12.or.us

503.533.1845

McKinley Elementary 1500 N.W. 185th Ave. Beaverton, OR 97006

5th

Michael Dorn

Teacher

Michael_Dorn@beaverton.k12.or.us

503.533.1845

McKinley Elementary 1500 N.W. 185th Ave. Beaverton, OR 97006

5th


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