Forest Road students explore the world through music

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At Valley Stream District 30’s Forest Road Elementary School, students have the opportunity to participate in an array of enriching activities and experience the world’s diversity through the Culture Shock Club. This program features lessons in language, music and other aspects of various cultures in ways that engage students and foster an excitement for learning.

Approximately 30 students in grades 1, 2 and 5 meet weekly after school with club advisor and teacher Sarah Quiroz. The group is currently involved in a unit on world drumming, in which students are learning about and performing music on percussion instruments from different countries.

The idea for the club spawned from Ms. Quiroz’s love of travel, an experience she wanted to share with the students by bringing her ventures back to Forest Road. This aim then grew into one goal: to participate in culturally traditional and immersive activities to cultivate understanding and appreciation for the familiar and unfamiliar.

Culture Shock members recently practiced songs in Spanish and reviewed vocabulary words as they rehearsed lyrics and identified Latin percussion instruments such as the conga, maracas, bongos, claves, castanets, cabasa and güiro. They also performed music from Africa and learned about djembe drums and talking drums.

Students shared that they joined the club as a way to broaden their musical knowledge. “I thought it would be interesting to learn about instruments from different parts of the world,” said Isabel Hanoman. Next, the group will explore traditional instruments and songs of China and Japan.