During the month of March, we explored music and dance from around the world. We began our study with Ghana and Western African music then moved to Ireland to look at traditional Irish dancing in honour of St. Patrick's Day. Over the last week we explored music and dance from Italy, specifically opera.
My younger sister, Emily is currently completing a post baccalaureate in opera studies at the University of Manitoba. This week we video called Emily in Winnipeg and she told us about the singing voice and how she learned to sing. She also gave us a mini-singing lesson and told us about why it is important to warm up our voice before we begin singing. We had the opportunity to ask Emily questions about opera (like "how do you learn to sing in other languages?"; "why do the singers wear costumes?"; "how do you make your voice go so high?"). Finally, Emily performed two different Italian arias and delighted the students with her beautiful singing!
Here are a couple pictures of our video call sessions:
During one of my Grade 1 music classes, we sang and danced to a fun song, “Going on a Bear Hunt”. A couple hours later during literacy time, the student in the picture above used play dough to write out the words to the song all from memory. The combination of fine motor skills, literacy knowledge and patience is incredible! Arts Education is so important for all children, because it gives each child a way to express their knowledge in different ways.
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School