MEXICO – While they learned about Australian culture and music, Mexico Elementary School students also received character trait education during the recent “Didgeridoo Down Under” performance.
The students in grades kindergarten through four filed into the cafeteria to find several life lessons and surprises in the interactive show.
Led by Rob Thomas, the students were guided to a better understanding of kindness, respect, tolerance and respect for other people, cultures and the planet.
Combined with musical lessons with sticks, a drum and didgeridoos (traditional Australian instruments made from termite-hallowed eucalyptus tree trunks), students learned that music can be as diverse as the instruments played or people playing them.
Learning about new objects, people and cultures will lead to good conversation about the need for acceptance, Thomas said.
He explained the various parts of a platypus why it is such a unique creature.
Students learned about animals indigenous to Australia, such as the kangaroo, wombat, Tasmanian devil, koala and ringtail possum, as well as the following vocabulary words: aboriginal, Australia, bull-roarer, didgeridoo, diversity, equator, eucalyptus, extinct, indigenous, island, mammal, marsupial, monotreme and Oceania.
They all erupted in cheer as several classmates were invited to perform with various instruments alongside Thomas.
Excited to learn how to make their own didgeridoos at home, some students said they couldn’t wait to get home to find a cardboard tube and paint it with a traditional didgeridoo design.
“Didgeridoo Down Under” was brought to Mexico Elementary thanks to the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Arts-In-Education program.