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ARTS IN EDUCATION School and Community Projects


LOCA ROSA's Arts in Eudcation school and community programs contain educational and entertaining workshops and performances that introduce students and audiences to the Ashkenazi (Eastern-European Yiddish-speaking) folk songs, stories, history, geography, culture, crafts and customs of her Russian-Jewish family heritage. Depending on the needs of the presenter, LOCA ROSA may also include the cross-cultural repertoire of her diverse Old World heritage from Turkey, Spain and Israel; Renaissance England, Ireland and Scotland; and her New World heritage from Canada and the United States.


Education based arts learning projects such as Artist in Residencies generally take place in schools. LOCA ROSA may present one or more introductory performances for the student body depending on the needs of the school. AIR programs are usually from 2-4 weeks in length with 4 classrom-length workshops per day and culminate in a student performance for public presentation. LOCA ROSA gives teachers a Classroom Study Guide with pre-Residency activities so teachers may prepare students for her arrival. She explains these activities and show teachers how to implement them in a pre-Residency Teacher In-Service Meeting. A state certified teacher must be present for all AIR workshops and activities.

Community based projects may take place in a variety of settings for diverse populations of children, teens, adults or seniors. They include, and are not limited to, long-term residencies, a single or a series of workshops, after-school arts learning, an all-day event, educator training, adult lecture/demonstrations, international festivals and full concert performances.

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The end result of educational Artist in Residency programs can be either product (performance) oriented or concerned with student learning, depending on the needs of the school. Performances may take place as a classroom event for a limited number of students, or as a community assembly performance on stage for students, staff, parents and the general public.


LOCA ROSA exposes students to the diverse cultures of Eastern Europe which encourages tolerance and appreciation of ethnic folk songs, languages, crafts, and customs. She does this by relating her ethnic folk songs and stories to material with which students are familiar. For example, she connects the fun-to-sing, 17th century English cumulative children's poem (set to music in 1951 by Canadian folk singer Alan Mills) "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" to a fun-to-sing Yiddish cumulative children's song called "Hob Ikh A Por Oksn" (I Have A Pair Of Oxen) and teaches younger children to sing the chorus. For older students, she explains The Folk Process in Action or how folk music evolves, by playing a 1953 recording of Burl Ives singing "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and then playing a 1982 recording of the same song by the San Francisco punk rock band FLIPPER. The students really enjoy singing along to the second version. She can also show her own personal Folk Process in Action by singing English and Russian lyrics she has composed to a Russian folk dance instrumental melody called "Troika," and by performing other original songs she has written in Yiddish and English. As a creative project for part of her programs, she can help the students write their own folk song from their family heritage with original lyrics, either to an existing folk melody or an original melody.


Students may learn letters from alphabets of other languages and learn to pronounce and print out a few words in those alphabets. Students that can read are supplied with hand-outs of ethnic folk songs printed in transliteration. For those too young to read LOCA ROSA uses the time-honored and traditional Old World method of sing-song repetition and keeps it simple. Because Yiddish is a Germanic language with similarities to English, students quickly learn words. She teaches Ladino (Judeo-Spanish dialect) songs that are very close to the Spanish language and students learn them easily. Russian and Hebrew are more of a challenge so she uses simple choruses with fewer words and some English verses. LOCA ROSA always has English translations for all her folk songs either written down or sung for the students. Students like to know about children in other countries so she connects those experiences. She uses a lot of participation songs and stories for student interaction and has a collection of musical instruments that she teaches students to play in a classroom setting, and for student Assembly Performances.


LOCA ROSA bases her Arts in Education Programs curriculum on the Arizona Music Standards section of the Arizona Arts Standards. She can teach students music and theory basics if required, and show them the discipline skills of practicing and performance. She can teach students about loshki (Russian spoons) and tof (Israeli hand drum), ethnic rhythm instruments she uses to accompany songs, how to make them for a craft project, and how to play them for timing and rhythm. She also presents fun and creative workshop projects such as traditional Eastern European paper-cutting crafts geared toward specific ages.

By relating her repertoire to material with which the students are familiar, they develop an understanding of and connection with other cultures. LOCA ROSA's cross-cultural lessons show inter-relationships of folk music, cultures and countries, and how people around the world influence each other and borrow folk songs, stories, culture, crafts, customs, rituals and festivals from each other. Her programs teach cultural diversity for self-enlightenment. LOCA ROSA hopes this will expand the students' world view and instill a tolerance of those who are different.


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