Education


Master Teaching Artist Perspective: Wincey Terry-Bryant: Finding ‘AHA!’ Moments in Everyday Learning
Oct 04, 2021

Master Teaching Artist Perspective: Wincey Terry-Bryant: Finding ‘AHA!’ Moments in Everyday Learning

Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Wincey Terry-Bryant traces her love of music back to a small Pentecostal church in Jersey City, N.J., where she first learned to sing. “We didn’t have musicians,” she says, “so our choir sang a capella.” Their choir director, Carolyn Dale, had perfect pitch and drilled them regularly on harmony. One Sunday morning, Terry-Bryant was asked to fill in for one...

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Hawai’i Wolf Trap New Artist Training
Oct 04, 2021

Affiliate Spotlight: New Teaching Artist Trainings

What are the qualities of an effective teaching artist? Is it a love of the arts, or an interest in working with children? Is it a formal degree or years of experience as a professional artist? This is something the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts team contemplates on a regular basis. Their job is to develop teaching artists into dynamic communicators...

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Three Arts Strategies For Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning Into Your Classroom
Oct 04, 2021

Three Arts Strategies For Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning Into Your Classroom

What does it mean to “meet students where they are”? In 2017, the Aurora Institute released a series of briefs1 that championed this concept, in which it called upon educators to look at students from a more holistic perspective: students could not truly thrive if they were academically competent, but were struggling in other areas, Aurora Institute advised. Teachers needed to gauge where their students...

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Catching Up With Latin Duo 123 Andrés, Rock Star Champions for Little Language Learners
Aug 16, 2021

Catching Up With Latin Duo 123 Andrés, Rock Star Champions for Little Language Learners

It’s hard to be around Latin Grammy-winning duo Andrés and Christina and not smile. The positive energy they exude on stage, as 123 (Uno, Dos, Tres) Andrés, is infectious─and is a testament to their popularity in the children’s music industry. What their fans might not know is that Andrés and Christina are also Teaching Artists for Wolf Trap’s Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts....

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Children’s Music Creator and Afrofuturist Pierce Freelon Brings His Eclectic Sound and Dream For a Better World to Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Aug 09, 2021

Children’s Music Creator and Afrofuturist Pierce Freelon Brings His Eclectic Sound and Dream For a Better World to Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

Children’s music artist Pierce Freelon is not slowing down. Fresh from the release of his second album, Black to the Future, Freelon also recently penned his first children’s picture book Daddy Daughter Day, set to be published in 2022. He is a City Council Member in his hometown of Durham, N.C. and has traveled the world teaching Hip Hop and music production to youth as...

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Soundmaking With Korean-American Children’s Folk Artist Elena Moon Park
Jul 27, 2021

Soundmaking With Korean-American Children’s Folk Artist Elena Moon Park

First-generation Korean-American children’s performer Elena Moon Park, who will be performing as part of the 2021 summer season of Children Performances at Wolf Trap, believes that “everyone is a soundmaker,” to borrow a term from musician Mark Stewart. Born in East Tennessee to parents who immigrated to the United States from Korea, Park was surrounded by music early on. After taking a break to study...

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Grammy-Winning Performer Joanie Leeds Salutes “All The Ladies” with Songs Written to Empower
Jul 26, 2021

Grammy-Winning Performer Joanie Leeds Salutes “All The Ladies” with Songs Written to Empower

For all of its challenges, 2020 turned out to be a pretty good year professionally for singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds. Not only did she release a GRAMMY-winning album, All the Ladies, but she also found a way to make new music over Zoom in the middle of the pandemic, with a young child at home. Leeds’ creativity and ingenuity has followed her throughout her life and...

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Exploring the Language of Other Cultures Through Music With Award-Winning Musician and Children’s Performer Oran Etkin
Jul 20, 2021

Exploring the Language of Other Cultures Through Music With Award-Winning Musician and Children’s Performer Oran Etkin

From a young age, award-winning jazz musician Oran Etkin formed a deep love for music of all disciplines. As a professional musician, he has traveled the world, learning the music “language” of different cultures, and is dedicated to passing those rich musical traditions on to the next generation. This season, Oran Etkin will perform on the Filene Center stage as part of its 2021 Children’s...

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“Failing” Upwards
Jun 30, 2021

“Failing” Upwards

Wolf Trap High School Grants Program Gives Centreville Students Permission to Fail, and Find Their Way Back Think back to high school and the pressure you experienced as a student. Today, students are expected to excel in academics, sports, and the arts, while serving in leadership positions and staying active in their communities and extracurricular organizations—all while looking Instagram-perfect. The pressure of expectations from their...

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May 13, 2021

Fostering a Greater Appreciation for Other Cultures Through Movement: Up Close with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist “Ms. T”

Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist “Ms. T,” Terlene D. Terry-Todd, is the founding artistic director for the Reston Institute for the Arts and a retired certified dance and adapted physical education specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools. A national presenter on dance education, Ms. T has received numerous awards and accolades for her choreography, her contributions to the arts, and her work with special needs...

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