Thursday, Nov 1, 10 AM-1 PM

Building Reading Comprehension through Sound and Rhythm

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3900 General Taylor, New Orleans, LA

An Arts-Integrated ELA and Music Seminar for ALL K-6 Teachers and Teaching Artists. Enhance student learning by using sound and rhythm to explore ways to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. Teachers are guided through a process to help students create a Soundscape, a way to retell the story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, setting, and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference, and determine importance which helps students develop a better understanding of the text. Students will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation
and oral presentation skills through communication, and improve reading fluency through creativity. See how music can make full use of these skills through students’ aural, visual, analytical, creative and social intelligences. Your students will attain a new level of comprehension when they experience seeing, hearing, and feeling through their reading. Facilitator IMANI GONZALEZ is an artist educator and professional jazz/world vocalist who has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for over 20 years. Her voice is featured on many of the National Geographic Television’s Explorer Series soundtracks, including the Emmy-nominated film The Jane Goodall Biography.
She has performed and toured with such renowned artists as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Imani has taught in the DC Public School system and in private schools as a traditional world music teacher. She is an artist educator with Imagination Quest, Imagination Stage, and is on the artist roster with the Louisiana Division of the Arts and Maryland State Arts Council.
This Seminar is hosted in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance.