YOU ARE INVITED:
WORK WITH A NATIONALLY KNOWN CIRCLE SINGING/IMPROVISATIONAL TEACHING ARTIST FOR FREE!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
A group of arts educators seeking to build our collective toolkit of culturally responsive strategies in the classroom to ensure that all voices are heard and the playing field of participation is made more level.
WHAT IS THIS, EXACTLY?
A year-long FREE collection of workshops with Onome (ah-nuh-MAY), a New York-based, Carnegie Hall partner and teaching artist that uses circlesinging strategies inspired by the improvisational lineage of Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, and Música do Círculo, as well as her own Nigerian roots, to help people listen to themselves more deeply, trust the impulses of their imagination, and revitalize their creativity. Onome is not only an inspiring leader and performer, but teaches a pedagogical approach to fostering classroom environments that are full of creating, improvising, deep listening and responding. These are skills that can only be developed and grown in a trusting community and that is what we are hoping to establish here in Madison! Even though these strategies are vocally-based, there are deep opportunities for meaningful transfer into all arts areas; no prior vocal experience is necessary to participate.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
Even in highly engaged classes, there are sometimes a few students who don’t raise their hand, don’t volunteer to sing alone, and don’t have the courage to use their voice in a group. The performance may sound/look great, but there are often some students that don’t show as much skill progression, make connections, or contribute as much to the work of the group. We believe that we should foster culturally responsive, inclusive work with students, but the strategies that many of us know and have ingrained in our teaching style are not adequate to create an environment and structure for all voices to be heard, deeply listened to, and valued. A more inclusive, responsive classroom doesn’t simply mean changing up repertoire selection, but expanding our range of strategies. A larger toolbox of strategies is necessary for some students to grow, but is highly beneficial for all of our students. New ways of working and thinking require practice and we are looking for educators willing to take a risk and grow together.
WHAT ABOUT AFTER THIS YEAR?
We hope to have a core group of educators that have the skills to teach, encourage and share with others. We also know that our commitment to culturally responsive strategies will be stronger if we have colleagues across the state that have a shared experience and vocabulary and are able to provide community support. In short, we’re hoping to grow our practice in lasting ways and not simply have a cool, one time experience.
WHERE AND WHEN?
MYArts (1055 E Mifflin, Madison 53703) on
- Saturday October 21, 1-3PM
- Saturday, November 18, 1-3PM
- Saturday, March 2, 1-3PM
- Saturday, April 13, 1-3PM
(These are the four days that Onome is coming from NYC and comprise the main commitment to this cohort. There may be optional opportunities to meet/talk/practice between these dates.)
This cohort is nearly full; limited spaces are still available. Please email us to indicate your interest. For more information or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (608) 238-7464
Your MYC teaching colleagues look forward to your participation:
Michael Ross, Margaret Jenks, Randal Swiggum, Lisa Kjentvet, Eliav Goldman, Carrie Enstad, Marie McManama, Calli Ingebritsen, Maggie Stansfield, Chris Powers, David Olson