Teaching Culture Through Music

BY Adam Lyon

Peebles Elementary School

Project Description

Educate students on Renaissance Music and culture from the Renaissance era.

Achieve cross curricular learning with culture; working with Art teacher as well as classroom teachers to help reinforce learning of historical importance of this music.

Motivate students to take up a band instrument in Middle School.

Students will sample new and exciting ways to express themselves to elevate their overall musicianship.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The project will be considered a success when the instruments are first played in a concert. Because of the quality of these instruments, they will benefit several generations and I suspect as thirty or more years of use out of them, leaving the door wide open for use in concerts and in teaching.

Benefit to the students and the school

In Bourne we have limited supplies and a very small budget in the music room, with this grant we will be able to show the children all kinds of different ways to play music and learn about history. Students will be coached in music class on the importance of art in our culture and then learn about it in their homeroom class as well as seeing the visual part in their art class for a well-rounded education. This all without need to modify any of the culture’s art and performed as it was in antiquity.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

January — Obtain instruments
February until May — Learn music for a “Recorder Ensemble” in true Renaissance style
June — Host our first ever cross-curricular concert teaching not only the students, but also all of our guests about antiquity styles of music