Music Moves Us
Sharing the Language of Love Through Intergenerational Family Music
Jun 20, 2023

Sharing the Language of Love Through Intergenerational Family Music

Jazzy Ash and The Leaping Lizards Will Perform on the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods Stage Sunday, June 25 as Part of the Out & About Festival at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts It’s hard to imagine that family music performer Jazzy Ash (née Ashli St. Armant) ever has a bad day. From spirited playground rhymes to soulful lullabies and classic New Orleans-style melodies, Jazzy...

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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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This Month at Wolf Trap: March 2023
Mar 02, 2023

This Month at Wolf Trap: March 2023

Expand your horizons this spring with 17 performances that are sure to inspire your future trips around the country and world. Even if you can’t actually travel, you can still explore new areas and cultures with shows at The Barns. There’s plenty of Irish music in store for those who wish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long. Hear the sound of flamenco in...

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Making the Time that Matters, Matter
Mar 01, 2023

Making the Time that Matters, Matter

Advice on Cultivating a Successful Internship Every year, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts’ nationally recognized Internship and Apprenticeship Program employs dozens of young professionals looking to gain a competitive edge in their prospective careers. Paid positions─offered seasonally in the spring, summer, and fall─span a wide range of concentrations including communications and marketing, development, education, human resources, information technology, ticket services, stage management, and...

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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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District of Raga Returns to Wolf Trap
Feb 02, 2023

District of Raga Returns to Wolf Trap

The Barns’ spring 2023 season welcomes back the collaboration of Wolf Trap and District of Raga! This captivating series features four more dynamic performances celebrating the musical and cultural influences of South Asian artists in the US. Ahead of the upcoming February 25 performance of Rachna Nivas’ Unedited: Kathak Indian Classical Dance, Wolf Trap sat down with District of Raga founder Nistha Raj to discuss...

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The Last Bandoleros
Jan 20, 2023

This Month at Wolf Trap: February 2023

February may be the shortest month of the year but there’s no shortage of exciting performances and entertainment coming to The Barns. From pop and rock to comedy and jazz, there’s something for everyone in February. Check out what’s in store: February 2: Joe Pug Local artist alert! DMV native Joe Pug, known for his lyrical cleverness and plaintive harmonica stylings, makes his Wolf Trap...

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