I am in the process of finishing an amazing three-month residency at an inclusive pre-k for typically developing children and for children with special needs in Long Island. The kids and teachers were out of this world amazing. One of teachers took me aside and told me that one of her children cried when he saw me walk by the room because he thought he missed my class. (Spoiler alert: Let's create a generation of kids that don't want to miss class!) They are about to perform for their parents tomorrow and next Wednesday. How can you learn about music if you don't get to experience one of the most exciting parts - performing in front of a live audience! What better time to start demystifying the experience of getting up in front of a crowd of people then when the kids are so little? We devised an original setlist based on popular children's songs and contemporary pop songs (cough cough - there will be David Bowie references in the show for the parents - cough cough) - and now the kids are going to present their performances to a room full of parents, teachers and their peers. Each classroom also designed their own props, costumes, instruments and masks. Each class was instructed to create their own craft project because we want to celebrate the unique personalities of each classroom. Also - what would a music performance be without some visuals? Also - universal design, people! Universal - design! Let's do this.
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