Target Grant brings artist and musician Dave
Ruch to Harry Hoag for two days
Thanks to a $2,000 Arts in Education
Grant awarded by Target, Harry Hoag Elementary school plans to bring
in musician Dave Ruch for a two-day residency this year. Ruch will
design a program to explore various themes at each grade level, and
will also hold four concerts.
This is the fourth year he will perform at the
His program for each grade includes the
Grades K-1 - Songs from our Communities.
Students will be moving, laughing, clapping and singing as they
hear songs and stories from communities near and far. Ruch will
also reinforce a social studies unit on communities and
Grades 2-3 - World Communities. Students
will experience an Indian tabla drum, an exotic stringed
instrument from Europe, a Native American traditional instrument
and more as they sing in various languages, answer questions,
and think about and discuss ways in which we are all similar.
Ruch also presents information about his trip to Asia.
Grade 4 - The Native Americans of New
York. With his guitar and some traditional Iroquois instruments,
Ruch leads students on a musical journey into history. Students
become active participants in their own learning as they sing
along (in English and Iroquois), answer questions and act out
songs. Topics covered include the Iroquois' use of their
surroundings to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and
shelter, and the forced relocation of the Iroquois to
Grades 5 - 6- Regions of the United
States. The program features interactive songs, stories and
musical instruments from various regions of the country along
with opportunities for students to show off what they know.
During his second day at the school, fourth
and fifth grade students will participate in songwriting sessions on
New York’s Native Americans. The fifth and sixth grade students will
also participate in songwriting sessions on regions of the United
States or another topic of teacher interest (think westward
expansion/gold rush, immigration).
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