Everything we do at Quaver HQ is done to equip and empower Music Educators to do what they do even better!
We’ll be profiling one of these wonderful teachers every month!
Today’s post is from Jim Meske – a general music teacher at Westdale Elementary School in Chicago, IL who has been using Quaver’s School Program in his classroom all year-long!
The Quaver team visited Westdale last month and had a blast with his energetic and talented students!
Now, take it away, Jim!
I work in a school in Chicago, IL that is predominantly made up of Hispanic students. My first grade general music class is composed of a half English-speaking and half Spanish-speaking first grade.
The students are mixed together in special area class like Music so the Spanish speakers can be immersed in the English language. I do not speak any Spanish in my lessons.
At the beginning of the year the students in the Spanish-speaking class do not say much to me, but are all smiles as we do simple rhymes and folk songs with movements.
After a couple of months any adult that would come in to my room would never know that half of the class comes from a Spanish-speaking classroom that is starting to learn English. All the students are engaged and enjoying learning about music through listening, moving, creating, singing, and dancing. It always puts a smile on my face to hear a student from a Spanish-speaking class request to sing his favorite song in English.