Michael A. Maroun Elementary School, in conjunction with grant funds received from Target Stores, welcomed performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch to the school recently.
His visit coincided with National Music In Our Schools Month and gave students an opportunity to learn about various countries, communities and cultures through music.
Ruch hosted two school-wide performances were he took Phoenix students on a musical adventure to India, Africa, and Russia and had the students singing songs in various languages and native tongues. He also brought with him a few unique instruments including a traditional Indian percussion instrument known as a tabla, an African stringed instrument, and a jaw harp.
As an extension to his school-wide performances, Ruch was invited to spend extra time with each of the school’s third grade classes.
This time was spent exploring more in depth the similarities between people in Phoenix, New York and those living in central Africa in the country of Chad and also facts about Chad that make it unique.
Through the new common core curriculum third grade students have been learning more about the world around them, including the country of Chad and the children who live there.
Each third grade class wrote a song about the similarities between the two, set to the beat of a traditional African folk song entitled “Everybody Loves Saturday Night.”
The students came up with lyrics that summarize the things that people who come from two very different countries and cultures might have in common. Each song featured lyrics mentioning family, games, music, laughter, and favorite foods.
Each class recorded the final version of their song and Ruch compiled the songs to a CD for each classroom to have as a keepsake of their learning adventure.