PROGRAMS

Over the course of school residency, students and teachers will be encouraged to participate in the discovery of West African drumming, dance and storytelling. West African culture is rich with symbols, rituals, conflict, history and opportunity. The metaphor of West African music and dance allows students to experience the culture in a rhythmic and physical realm. This comprehensive programs involve elements of dance and music but from the perspective of transforming traditional music and movement into contemporary statements of change and hope. Students will experience and learn traditional songs and dances. There will be optimal moments for storytelling and for revealing to students the history of the dance and rituals within the authentic context of an ethnic community/classroom gathering

Project Description. Students learned the basics or African drum and dance and improved their knowledge of African culture and customs.

Curriculum Focus . Through this dancing and drumming, the students will learn about diverse cultures and different lifestyles of their peers which supports their 3rd & 6th grade social Students curriculum. The residency will also support the English Language Art curriculum through storytelling and oral presentation.

Intergrated Learning Standards. Through this dancing and drumming, the students will learn about diverse cultures and different lifestyles of their peers which supports their 3rd & 6th grade social students curriculum. The residency will also support the English Language Art curriculum through storytelling and oral presentation.

Artistic Goals. Students will learn the basics of African dancing and drumming and will work together to put on a performance as a culmination of all they learned. They will explore movement and rhythm and become familiar with different types of music, drum beats and sounds. They will eventually understand and name the different types of dances as well as explain the various meanings behind them.

Academic Goals. The residency will teach Social Studies through dance; specifically African culture and history. The students will also learn strong story-telling skills. Through the dancing and drumming, the students will learn to appreciate different cultures and lifestyles around the world. In addition, students will be able to identify what region of the world the dance originated in and what its original purpose was in the culture.

Social/Other Goals. The residency will be focused on developing and maintaining a positive community environment in a healthy school atmosphere. Students will eventually become confident in their abilities in dance and drumming, and will be comfortable to performing in front of people. The program will also strengthen the students’ self esteem, especially during the recital they will perform at the end of the program.

Self Esteem. Students will be comfortable dancing and playing the drums while being surrounded by observers. They will further understand the lifestyle and traditions of other diverse cultures.

Outcomes. The students put on a final performance displaying the new dancing and drumming skills they obtained during this residency. They gradually came to be able to name the different types of dances as well as explain the various meanings behind them and learned basic African terms.