|Grade span:||K to 3|
Description:This activity is one example of how you can implement the practice of Involving Families and Communities. In this activity, students, parents, afterschool staff, and community volunteers come together to organize a cultural music festival.
- Involve parents and community members in an afterschool arts program
- Learn about the music of various cultures
- Engage parents in their children's learning
- Audio/visual equipment (varies by performance)
- Materials for creating flyers and posters (poster board, markers, computer)
- Materials for decorating the performance space
- Ask students to bring in and share music that reflects their cultural background.
- Consider your resources (budget, volunteers, etc.). Think of a theme for your music festival. For example:
- Music Around the World
- El Mundo Musico: A Celebration of Latin-American Music
- Festival of Family Folk Songs
- Drum Circle: The World as a Drum
- Gather and identify a group of parent volunteers and community members to help plan the event.
- Identify and assign tasks (recruitment, logistics, festival publicity, etc.).
- Recruit parents and community members to share and perform folk music related to their particular cultures.
- Prepare a detailed schedule, agenda, and active contact sheet for the performers.
- Reserve the necessary space and equipment for the selected date.
What to Do:
- Set up performance/booth areas as needed.
- Welcome parents/volunteers and direct them to the appropriate locations.
- Oversee, coordinate, and introduce the performances and demonstrations as needed.
- Thank all volunteers, participants, and guests.
- Break down performance/booth areas.
- Evaluate the event (optional).
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Parent and student participation and involvement
- Student participation in various music activities
- Students learning about and appreciating the music of various cultures
- Performances that honor the music of various cultures
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