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Santigie Fofana-Dura

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Music is a way for students to express language creatively
  • The main goal of this residency is for students to use music to practice reading skills
  • Students will learn the definition of: TEMPO, PITCH, RHYTHM, & MELODY (musical concepts)
  • Students will use these four concepts to sing, create rhymes, make beats and melodies
  • Singing and playing instruments strengthens fine motor skills
  • Songwriting uses reasoning and logic based thinking
  • Students will use singing and musical instruments to create songs that rhyme
  • Musical performance is a creative way to communicate important ideas
  • Teaching the English with musical arts is way for ELA and ESL students to practice English language skills with out feeling the negative pressure of making mistakes

BIO

My formal teaching experience began in 2007. I have worked as a teacher and administrator for various arts, recreation, and education organizations including Portland Parks & Rec, Right Brain Initiative, My Voice Music, Caldera, and OCAC. In 2012 I was honored with the Youth Champion Award from the Multnomah Youth Commission for my work with middle and high school students in East Portland. I have worked with kindergarten to 12th graders.

DISCIPLINES

Literary Arts,Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

In 2013 while working as an MVM music teacher I helped create a lesson plan which earn MVM a spot on the Right Brain Initiative teaching artist roster.  While on the MVM roster I helped write curriculum and taught one whole school residency at Quatama Elementary and a smaller residency at Hayhurst Elementary.  I worked closely with a fellow MVM music teacher to teach kids to write and record music. At Quatama I piloted the “Hiphop Alphabet” residency which I am now proposing.  I taught Kinders how to “rap” the modern English alphabet using the technique of beatboxing which comes from Hiphop music.  {Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of mimicking drum machines using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice.} (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatboxing) I helped the students record a Hiphop Alphabet song.  The following quote is a from an article written about the “Hiphop Alphabet” curriculum which I created for the Right Brain Initiative.

 

“The impact on student learning was just as exciting. One class was made up of 50% English Language Learners. Before working with Right Brain, one-half of the class recognized three or fewer letters. By the end of just four [30 minute] sessions with Fofana-Dura, 80% of students doubled their letter recognition. One child jumped from identifying two letters to recognizing 20.” (http://blog.americansforthearts.org/2015/03/19/why-english-language-learners-need-the-arts)

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Direct Academic Integration (DAI)

 

Essential Question: What is language?

 

This residency uses various skills from the musical arts to teach English language with specific regards to K-2 Reading Foundational Skills found within the Common Core Standards:

 

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

GALLERY

FEE INFO

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

(503) 225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

http://santigie.com

REFERENCES

Ian Mouser

Founder/CEO

ianm@myvoicemusic.org

503.481.4128

My Voice Music

Carly Klimke

Teacher

klimkec@hsd.k12.or.us

503.844.1180

Quatama Elementary

Kindergarten

Janis Hill

Retired Principal

jhill345@hotmail.com

Hillsboro School District


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