A main tenet of educational life at CLC is the belief that children are highly complex creatures whose emotional worlds are vast, intricate, and ever-changing. We look for ways to cultivate the emerging ability to articulate and share feelings, and also for ways to simply revel in the feelings: big, beautiful, messy. One of our favorite ways to do this is through the universal language of music.
At CLC, we believe that children have an innate capacity for feeling music, and that any songs that enliven an adult human’s spirit will also enliven a child’s. We try to wash our school with songs from every genre and age, and to bring music inside through all kinds of channels. This semester, we will be launching a new musical adventure at CLC: Musicians in Residence. Each month, we will be working with a musician who brings a new emotional flavor of sound, whose music isn’t typically “for children.” Our musicians will be working both with full classrooms and small groups of children, and occasionally with our whole school together during Hootenannies, to pepper the emotional lives of our children with new sounds of beauty.
I am so thrilled to announce our first two Musicians in Residence, as well as a more permanent addition to the musical life of our school: Musicians in Residence Tica Douglas and Julia Anrather, and new Hootenanny Leader Dahlia Dumont. Tica will be beginning with us next week and staying for the month of October, before joining with Julia for our Annual Spookenanny October 31st! Julia will be in residence for November. Dahlia will be joining us at every Hootenanny! Check out their links, and a playlist of some of their respective work, below!