Nov. 20, 2019-- Led by Catherine Mellon, district K-5 arts supervisor, teachers and supervisors from three schools gathered recently to collaborate on upcoming Title IV arts integration projects in partnership with NJPSA/FEA as a follow up to training provided by the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation at Princeton University this past Summer.
Fifth-grade students at Pine Beach Elementary will be composing music on ukelele to tie together the structure and content of literary and musical works. Students will use the elements and structures of a piece of music to communicate the structure and content of this year's NEA Big Read novel, Burning Bright. The project will be broken into two scaffolded parts to occur throughout the 2019-2020 school year using ukuleles.
At East Dover Elementary, kindergarten social studies standards are being met through a collaborative fabric art project that comes to life throughout the calendar year with music.
At Washington Street Elementary, third-grade students will learn about Native American music. Students will compare modern and traditional Native American music and will perform their own composition with the instruments they have made. Students will be provided with a variety of learning experiences including gaining knowledge of Native American culture and the importance of musical instruments in communication.