School Programs

Celebrations, Traditions, Diversity

Grade(s): K-5

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Social Studies, Music, Language Arts

Brief Description of Project: This program focuses on four winter celebrations: Christmas (sacred), Christmas (secular), Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. The performance includes interactive songs and stories from these traditions.

Project Goals: Teach students that there are several winter holidays celebrated in our country. Students will learn there are differences in each of these celebrations, but many of them have similarities and that when we know something about other cultures and their celebrations we gain a greater appreciation for them.

 

Music of the Kansas Prairies

Grade(s): K-5

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies

Brief Description of Project: This program focuses on the music of the Kansas Prairies. Several folk instruments including the native drum, violin, guitar, and autoharp are used in this program. Many songs are well-known and students are invited to join in the oral tradition. Specific areas that are discussed include stagecoach travel, California Gold Rush (1849), Underground Railroad (1850’s), first railroad (1859), sod houses and closes with Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Project Goals: The goal of this concert is to engage students in a fun and interactive presentation that will engage them in the history of Kansas.

 

Seeds of Hope, Places of Change

Grade(s): K-5

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies

Brief Description of Project: Through music and storytelling this program helps students look at self-esteem issues that will direct them toward a better way of operating in our world.

Project Goals: The goal of this concert is to engage students in a fun and interactive presentation that will inspire students to greater self-awareness and confidence.

 

When We Gather

Grade(s): K-5

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies

Brief Description of Project: This is a total music program designed to be fun, uplifting and encouraging. Songs are participatory, giving students, staff, and parents the opportunity to sing along. Great for a special celebration, PTO/PTA picnic, or as a special treat for students.

Project Goals: The goal of this concert is to engage students in a fun and interactive presentation that will inspire students to greater self-awareness and confidence.

 

The Big Rock Candy Mountaineers

Grade(s): K-5

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, Art

Brief Description of Project: This interactive concert introduces students to the whimsical folk songs played by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Aaron Fowler revives many of the songs that have been a part of America’s musical fabric for generations. Children sing along and participate as old favorites like This Land is Your Land, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Froggy Went a Courting and We Shall Overcome are celebrated. With singing and playing, the spirit of Woody and Pete are invoked for young audiences.

Project Goals: The goal of this concert is to engage students in the life and music of two historically famous children’s music makers, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie. After this concert students will know the composer of many of the songs they sing in music class including Follow the Drinking Gourd and This Land is Your Land.

 

Music Moves the Movements

Grade(s): 6-12

Number/Length of Sessions: Performance

Links to Curriculum Areas: Social Studies, History, Music

Brief Description of Project: This interactive concert chronicles the songs of the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement and sets the music in a historical context sure to bring this period to life. With singer/songwriter Aaron Fowler on guitar and musician and artist Richard Crowson on banjo, they lead the audience in a celebration of songs that moved and shaped this nation include This Land is Your Land, Union Maid, We Shall Overcome, Turn, Turn, Turn and many others. This program sure makes history come alive for your students!

Classroom Residencies

Phun with Phonemes!

Grade(s): Pre K- 1st grade

Number/Length of Sessions: single workshop or 3-5 sessions residency spaced 1 month apart

 

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language ArtsBrief Description of Project: We seem to have lost the benefit of students who have sung basic children songs that helped teach letter sounds. Using both original and standard folk songs students will reinforce the basic sounds of each letter or combination of letters.

Your students will be singing these songs all day long.

Project Goals: Students will learn songs and chants that will reinforce classroom instruction around letter sounds and letter recognition. Various music disciplines including singing, movement, and call & response will be used in this residency

 

Lyric Writing

Grade(s): 3-5; 6-8 or 9-12

Number/Length of Sessions: 4 session Residency

Links to Curriculum Areas: Music, Language Arts, Writing, Social Studies

Brief Description of Project: The power of song, both lyrics, and tune, can be a great tool for memory and recall. It also gives us a vehicle to get out what is inside, to “give voice” to the unspoken. This 4 or 5 session residency provides students the opportunity to become songwriters. Using six basic steps, students learn how to create their own song.

Project Goals: Over the course of the residency, students will learn and demonstrate the 6 steps to songwriting (theme/topic, keywords, rhyme, form, rhythm, melody). By the end of the residency, the students will have written their own song or set of lyrics based on the topic chosen. It is always quite amazing to see and hear what they come up with!

Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts

Ages 3-6

The number of sessions: This residency can be tailored from 5 to 14 classroom sessions. The goal of this residency is Professional Development for teachers. Learn how to more fully incorporate music and storytelling into your classroom. 

For classrooms in Wichita Kansas contact Arts Partners, 316.262.4771.

© 2020 by Aaron Fowler. 316.207.4715.

Wichita, KS 67203.

United States

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