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The Arts In Every Classroom: A Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

Responding to the Arts Getting Ready

Learner Team members Angela Snead and Connie Usova attend “Critic School.”

The following information will help you focus and organize your professional development session.

Learning Objective

  • Investigate Parade and Quidam through individual and group research in order to understand the social and historical settings in which these works were conceptualized and produced.
  • Recognize melodic themes and nonmusical sounds in Parade and Quidam and discuss their significance within the dramatic context of each piece.
  • Perform a piece of music using body percussion and percussion instruments.
  • Explore the theatrical traditions of vaudeville and create a performance piece in the style of vaudeville.
  • Understand the purpose of criticism and a process for performance criticism.
  • Analyze written criticism to identify the purpose and the author’s process. Respond to Quidam in-role as a critic.

Guiding Questions
These are questions for your group to consider as you work through the session:

  • What does “multi-arts” mean?
  • What is criticism?

Materials and Resources

Opening Steps
Recall the sequence from Quidam you viewed at the end of Program 1 (or the entire performance, if you were able to view it later).

Discuss these questions:

  • In what time and place does the action appear to occur?
  • How do these cultural clues affect your experience of the performance?

Facilitator: Distribute the handout, Jean Cocteau’s Scenario for Parade (PDF).