This last Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln School had the pleasure of hosting two theater professionals, hailing from New York City, to host a 2-day theater intensive workshop. Around a dozen secondary students dove headfirst into a fast-paced devised theatreworkshop with a focus in training the brain, the body, and the collaborative spirit. This experience culminated in a short performance on the last day that was created and inspired using the poetry of Shell Silverstein.
Day one, students learned devising games and exercises that helped them become more comfortable on the stage and develop the group as an ensemble to create original moments of theater. These activities were developed in groups, pairs, and solo moments on and off the stage.
Day Two was spent shaping these moments into a final showcase that highlighted the students’ talents and original composition.
A big thank you to our workshop facilitators Jonathan Taylor and Rose Schwietz for bringing out our students’ theatrical abilities!
This past week we had the honor of hosting the Fossick Project at Lincoln School. The creators of Fossick, Marta del Grandi and Cecilia Valagussa, worked with our Grade 4 and Grade 5 students to create a smaller version of their visual and audio performance.
The Fossick Project aims to produce artistic performances about the relationship between man and nature to suggest a reflection on environmental issues and raise awareness around urgent causes. Illustrator Cecilia Valagussa and singer-songwriter Marta del Grandi, the workshop facilitators, met in Belgium in 2013, while attending their Master studies at the School of Arts. Their collaboration is based on a mutual inspiration and on a common talent for storytelling. Here are two samples of their work. A Journey Into the World and Swim to Me.
Cecilia applies an analogical approach to create a live animation, by using an overhead projector on which she places different materials like flour, leaves, everyday things, and handmade props. She uses many techniques such as cut-out, drawing, and etching. Marta’s voice, unique for its versatility and endless shades, moves effortlessly on the compositions that she writes with samples, synthesizers and acoustic instruments on Ableton Live.
Their workshop focused on storytelling with sounds and images and challenged the students to free their creativity, imagination, and use their knowledge in a practical way. The theme was wildlife conservation and the relationship between man and the earth beneath. Students were asked to write a story collectively, collect sound samples, write melodies and lyrics, draw characters, their environment and define their interaction. The workshop ended with a little performance. Our students set their focus on endangered animals in Nepal.
Day 1 – Research and Sketching
Day 2 – Songwriting Starts
Day 3 – Adding Movement to Animals and Orchestration to the Song
Day 4 – Finishing Animals and Rehearsing Song Memorized
Before we left for winter break, Lincoln School’s Elementary Honor Choir performed with the Kathmandu Chorale. The Honor Choir joined the chorale of about 50 singers in singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as well as performing their own set of songs. In front of an audience of about 300 people, the Honor Choir did a beautiful job representing our Lincoln School Music community.
Grade 5 piano accompanist plays while the Honor Choir sings “I’ll Think of You.”
In Grade 5 music we have been learning about folk music and protest music. To culminate our unit, we embarked on a creative journey to write our own protest song. Last week we traveled to the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory to professionally record our product.
The song will be available for purchase at the Back to School Picnic on September 29th. All proceeds from our song will be given to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT Center).
Below are some photos and a video from that field trip!
In the mixing room, listening back to the song!
In the studio checking the microphones! Getting ready to record!
Learning about the mixing board in the sound room!
The Lincoln School Administration served up a feast of noodles, momos, curries and desserts to show their immense appreciation to our incredible team of custodians, drivers and guards for all their work. Our custodians have put in a huge effort to prepare the campus over the summer for our students to learn in and enjoy; our guards continue to keep our campus safe and secure; and our drivers dealt with the challenges of road closures last week with patience and understanding. Our Director, Bonetta Ramsey, led the tributes by serving each one of these individuals during lunch! Thank you to all!
An important part of the elementary music program at Lincoln School is writing and creating music. We believe that each child is a composer and can write and perform original works. As part of our composer units, students used composition apps to craft pieces, as well as study composers of their choice. We recently dove into the music of living composer Jeremy Messersmith and collectively learned his song “Little Blue World.”
After completing different grade level composition units, we recorded the entire elementary school singing Little Blue World and sent it to Jeremy Messersmith. Along with our video, students compiled a list of questions for Jeremy. We are excited to share his video response which also includes a special performance for our Lincoln students!
Thanks to all those involved in recording and sending the video!
Students in Grade 5 music explored activism through music. They started by analyzing Bob Dylan’s song “Blowing in the Wind.” Through analyzing the text they discovered the song is about compassion and the importance of being a catalyst of change.
After learning and recording the song we dove into real life kid activists! The Grade 5 students researched and wrote about a kid activist that inspired them. In the video you will see the big ideas the students took from their kid activists on the signs they are holding up.
The students in Grade 5 came to the conclusion that everyone can be the change no matter the age! All you have to do is find your passion and start learning. By learning you’ll connect by connecting you’ll engage. We encourage our students to talk to teachers, parents, friends, and community members about service learning and activism!