Kentucky Center Arts Academies, statewide professional development opportunities for educators, were recently featured in Kentucky Teacher, a publication of the Kentucky Department of Education.
From the article:
The hip hop beat of the song “My Shot” from the Broadway musical HAMILTON was transformed with the twang of a Bluegrass tune and teachers strumming guitars. The witches’ chant from Shakespeare’s Macbeth took on the beat of a bongo drum while teachers called out in unison: “Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
These exercises were just two of the many ways 24 teachers explored the connections between music and literacy during the weeklong Arts Integration Academy in Danville. The academy was one of five arts academies held this summer by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). The other academies focused on school-based leadership, assessing student work with artistic criteria and integrating arts and world languages.
“We really wanted something this year for the high school music teachers and high school English teachers to connect,” said Jeffery Jamner, Kentucky Center senior director of education and community arts. “We’re looking at the musicality of language and the linguistic characteristics of music and how both are languages of emotion and human experience.”