Education


Family Music Artist “Musiquita” Celebrates Language and Diversity with Music
Jun 14, 2023

Family Music Artist “Musiquita” Celebrates Language and Diversity with Music

Spanish and English-speaking music duo Musiquita is fresh on the family music scene with a mission to celebrate diversity and nurture different cultures and languages with their music, performed in both English and Spanish. Musiquita is comprised of husband and wife duo Blanca Cecilia González, a Juilliard-trained violinist and Colombia native, and Jesse Elder, a professional pianist and the former Music Director of the band...

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Putting a Fun Twist on Science Learning Through Music
Jun 01, 2023

Putting a Fun Twist on Science Learning Through Music

“Kindie” Performer Marsha Goodman-Wood Uses Music to Teach Complex Concepts─and Draws Inspiration from Surprising Places Marsha Goodman-Wood knows her science! She’s a trained cognitive neuroscientist, and she uses this knowledge as a foundation for her work with children. Goodman-Wood is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning Maryland and Maryland Wolf Trap, and is also the lead in a “Kindie” (kids + indie rock) band,...

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Incorporating the “A” in STEAM: Five STEM-Centric Arts Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom
Jun 01, 2023

Incorporating the “A” in STEAM: Five STEM-Centric Arts Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom

What does the “A” in “STEAM” represent and why is it so important? Hedda Sharapahn, an early childhood education advocate who is well known for her work with Fred Rogers Institute, has likened STEAM learning for young children to “appreciating the world around us”: science nurtures a sense of wonder and curiosity in young children; technology teaches them about tools; engineering encourages creative problem solving;...

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Teachable Moments
May 04, 2023

Teachable Moments

Teaching Partners from Greenbelt Children’s Center Share the Lessons They’ve Learned after 40 Years of Working in the Early Childhood Classroom For many young families with children at Greenbelt Children’s Center (GCC), located in Greenbelt, MD, preschool teachers Donna Bell Nance and Christine Grabisch aren’t simply educators and caregivers, they are their trusted partners. In fact, that partnership is a key part of GCC’s mission,...

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This Is Me.
May 03, 2023

This Is Me.

Washington, DC Area High School Teachers Help Students Bring their Stories to the Stage with Wolf Trap’s Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers What do you do when you don’t see your story reflected in the world around you? You tell your own story. This year’s Wolf Trap Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers are challenging their students to do just that by...

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Taking Ownership and Focusing on Flexibility
May 02, 2023

Taking Ownership and Focusing on Flexibility

A Conversation with Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Gabriela Cohen  Meet Gabriela Cohen, a Spanish and English-speaking Wolf Trap Teaching Artist who is passionate about early childhood arts integration. With a background steeped in music, Cohen has a deep appreciation for the impact that music can have on young minds. In this interview, Cohen shares her strategies for connecting with educators and children, and offers advice...

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Expanding Education in Virginia
Feb 15, 2023

Expanding Education in Virginia

When Fairfax County first grade teacher Kristin McClure first entered the field, she chose early childhood education because of the important role that high quality early learning plays in academic success. Today, McClure is an active participant with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts’ classroom residency program, where she works closely with Wolf Trap Teaching Artists to adopt arts-integrated classroom techniques aligned...

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The Secret Lives of Teaching Artists: Rock Stars in the Classroom─and On Stage!
Oct 05, 2022

The Secret Lives of Teaching Artists: Rock Stars in the Classroom─and On Stage!

If you could assume an alternate identity, what would it be? By day, Wolf Trap Teaching Artists are busy in the classroom providing professional development to early childhood educators, but during their “off” time, they use their musical talents to perform onstage to throngs of eager children and parents. Undercover rock stars? Their fans would say so! Christina Sanabria, one-half of the popular songwriting duo...

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Creating Pathways for Success for Young Professionals From Marginalized and Underrepresented Populations
Oct 05, 2022

Creating Pathways for Success for Young Professionals From Marginalized and Underrepresented Populations

Interns have a year-round presence at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Each season brings a new class of students who arrive at Wolf Trap eager to gain valuable experience in all aspects of arts administration. But an internship at Wolf Trap is much more than day-to-day administrative tasks. Wolf Trap’s Internship team aims to provide interns with a fully realized vision of what...

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Three Energizers That Promote Mindfulness in the Classroom
Oct 05, 2022

Three Energizers That Promote Mindfulness in the Classroom

How do you start your day? Wolf Trap Teaching Artists like to use short, artful “energizers” in both professional and classroom settings to promote mindfulness and help prime students for learning. Energizers also help students reflect on what they’ve learned, and can be a useful tool for self-regulation and classroom management. “An energizer serves to focus and connect the energy of the group, whet our creativity,...

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