This series of arts residencies for children learning to read blends segments of the popular PBS-TV series, Between the Lions with arts activities to introduce and reinforce key reading concepts.
This five-session residency, led by a CAL music teaching artist and accompanied in three of the sessions by a CAL dance artist, guides students in creative movement and sound production related to vowel sounds and short action words.
Please call CAL Education Staff at 216-561-5005 to learn more.
During a 40 minute program, students from ages 3-5 will learn to listen to rhythmic and tonal aspects of music and react as a group with predetermined physical gestures which are specifically indicative of either the time signature of the music, or a musical motive or mood. They will also be encouraged to find their own physical expression of motives and moods/emotions within various musical pieces.
Please note: Because this workshop requires two teaching artists, the total cost for this PreK workshop is $260.
Expose students to the beauty and fascination of classical music and introduce them to musical instruments. Research has proven that education in music offers benefits such as higher IQs, better self-confidence, self-expression, responsibility, teamwork, creative thinking, discipline, mind/body coordination and much more. BlueStreak wants to inspire as many students as possible to make classical music a part of their education during their developmental years through hands on learning, listening and composing.
What happened to the Golden Rule? This one-actor performance demonstrates to children and families the important role manners and kindness play in how we relate to the people around us. Through theatrical spectacle, including magic, storytelling, music, dance, and hieroglyphics, the performer guides the audience in finding clues to the lost Temple of Ma’at, dedicated to the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and civility.
Complementary workshops exploring Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ancient art form, Frontalism, are available to accompany a performance. This program is best suited for children ages 4-12 and families.
Explore the expressive voice through the words of Dr. Seuss’ favorite book, Green Eggs and Ham. Did you know that it’s also a children’s opera? We will learn about the opera through listening to live opera singing and then students will have the chance to compose their own opera. Basic, heathly vocal production will be introduced using science to explain how opera singers make those sounds.
Based on her popular Seuss in Song Show, Ms. Troyer will lead this workshop using many of the same songs, written with the zany lyrics of Dr. Seuss. Students will be involved with a variety of hands-on activities – a percussion ensemble to accompany the rest of the group singing a 3-part song; games and exercises using our “expressive voice;” songs about math and onomatopoeia (Can you say that word AND do you know what it means?). Students will have the opportunity to create their own thunderstorm soundscape using only their hands and feet.
Learn about In2ative’s unique musical style by understanding how the flute and cello create sound, and how each instrument interacts with one another. Students will use storytelling techniques to interpret In2ative’s music and create their own descriptive stories to share with the class. Finally, through a call and response demonstration, students will learn about the different techniques involved in beat-boxing, leading them to beat-box like a pro and rock out like a star!
This program is an introduction to folk music and folk musicians, including audience participation and sing-alongs to folk music and fairy tales. Children will be introduced to the guitar, including the parts of the instrument and how it can be played (strumming versus finger picking). Children will hear stories with musical components (piano/forte) and will sing and use hand signals to reinforce lyrics and melodies. Songs and stories will feature fantasy creatures, such as dragons and unicorns and a musical trip on a bear hunt.
“All the Worlds a Stage” in this stimulating workshop/residency, students will perform excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s best-known works from ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. The performance will deepen their understanding of the text by allowing students to “mashup” Shakespearian acting with dance, movement, rap, music and other current art forms.
Dancer and choreographer Lisa Yanofsky will actively engage students with Shakespeare’s text, characters and plot through a series of theater and dance activities which will help students connect with the meaning and meter of the text. Students will gain ownership of the Bard’s words as they reinterpret the plays and set them in a modern day high school context.
This workshop can be customized based on what Shakespearean work the students have read. Recommended works include: Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Compose your own blues lyrics about current events, including local, national or regional issues, sports or even lifestyle trends. In addition to supporting literacy standards, this workshop teaches students about rhythm, pacing and meter.
Performer and choreographer Lisa Yanofsky will lead students through the creation and performance of an original scene that explores the identities of historical or literary figures. Drawing from topics the students have already studied or from works of fiction the students have already read, Lisa will guide students’ exploration of character identities using movement, dialogue, monologue, and music. Students will choose a character or historical figure and draw from their life, context, personality and actions to craft and perform as their character in a “living portrait”.
The residency begins with exercises in writing. Students will be asked to pull text from the novel, if they are playing a fictional character, or quotes from the historical figure, if they are playing a non-fiction character. From the gathered source material, students will extrapolate personality, opinions, context and emotions and use these to write from the point of view of their character. Using their writing and research as a foundation, students will work together to help each other create movement for their character. Throughout the process of creating the movement and text, Lisa will act as a director, fitting the pieces of each character’s arc together and guiding collaboration between students. Depending on student interest, the “living portraits” can be performed with music or original songs or raps that give more information on the figure.