Middle School Workshops

We can cater our program to fit your school’s technical and structural needs.  However, the primary objective behind our workshop program is to instill creative thought and creative exercise through Art.  When students understand the power of creativity and inspiration, they will then, apply it to their future careers and development of their own community. We want to encourage students to rise to another level of thinking above the one with which they are familiar.  With that said, here are some examples of what tools we use in the TAO workshops:

The J & J Series of Workshops    Joseph & Joel are professional touring and recording artists and producers.  With over 50 CD’s recorded and produced, and with 65 years of professional experience combined, we assure you that they will engage and excite your students to learn and create.

J & J:  The Musical Geometry Dudes  (Grades 2 – 7)   45- 60 minutes   Sample TAO Geometry Video

Music and Dance create an adventurous and fun way to understand geometric shapes and their place in the learning format.  Students learn:

–          Full Interaction with each other and teaching artists
–          Teamwork and observation
–          Creative Improvisation
–          Dance Ideas
–          How geometric shapes work
–          How to utilize geometric shapes in everyday life, including sports
–          Contemporary and Sustainable Music songs that help understand geometry
 
J & J: Creating Songs with Mathematics & Algebra  (Grades 3 – 7)   45- 60 minutes   Sample Math & Music Video

Joseph and Joel create songs with students’ birthdays.  Melodies and songs are created from the students’ birth dates by turning them into musical notation, associating music and math.  Addition, subtraction, multiplication and complex multiplication are used to create original music ALL Based on the students’ birth dates!  Also, they explain the correlation between musical, geometric, mathematical proportions.   Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Retain a better understanding of their current math curriculum
–          Improvise and experiment with their own ideas
–          Participate in creating songs with the teaching artists.
–          Learn retain-able and sustainable songs that help understand proportions
 
J & J:  Prepositional Poems & Lyric Writing     (Grades 6 – 8)   45 minutes    

Joseph and Joel take prepositions as the basis for lyric writing and create songs from scratch with the students.  A song is created using prepositions and science as their subjects.  Students participate in the writing of the song (and performance when they choose to be so bold!). 

The students comes away with a CD of the song that they helped compose and create.  Along the way they gain a better understanding of prepositions and their usage.  Students will:

–          Learn Song and lyric writing techniques
–          Music Production capabilities
–          Build a stronger vocabulary with the use of prepositions
 
J & J:  The Musical Table of Elements    (Grades 8 – 10)    45 – 60 minutes

Joseph and Joel use music and sound to help identify what particular elements sound like.  They take the atomic numbers and weights and combine them into musical notation to create songs with the students.  As well, they show puzzles and games that can be used to help retain Element symbols.  Students will:

–          Learn about the table of elements in a fun way
–          Create songs using sound frequency and atomic weights
–          Build a stronger understanding of the Periodic Table of Elements
 
The Story Circle (A Short Story or Poem)    Science and History Subjects (Grades 4 – 8)   45 minutes

TAO Actors form group circles with the students to create a short story based on a current science or history topic about which they are learning.  The students bounce ideas off of each other to formulate creative literature and poetry.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Act and write creative sentences based on core subjects
–          Learn how to accept mistakes while changing the error into success
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curriculum
–          Learn how to improvise and experiment with their own ideas
 
TAO & Science Fiction (A Short Film)   Science and History Subjects  (Grades 4 – 10)   90 – 180 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists work with the students to create a short film based on a current science or history topic about which they are learning.  The students will revise a short script, rehearse and act.  The film will be edited and given to the teacher as a keepsake.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Act, produce & script write
–          Learn about the various art forms involved in film making
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curriculum
–          How to balance creative ideas while executing subject matter
–          Improvise and experiment with their own ideas

 

Geometry Artwork, PART I:      

Creating Geometrically-Proportionate Art using Math & Color  
Science and Math Subjects      (Grades 4 – 8)  60 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists explain the importance of proportions for math, architecture  science, design, and music.  The students form paintings based on geometric designs that they create using primary colors.   Students will:

–          Grasp a deeper understanding of geometric and algebraic proportions 
–          Create architectural designs all on their own
–          Learn about primary colors and when combined, how they create new colors 
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curricula

Geometry Artwork, PART II:     

The Golden Spiral       
Science and Math Subjects      (Grades 6 – 9)  60 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists explain how certain proportions and ratios are found in many aspects of our world.  The students design artwork by using proportionate geometric shapes and spirals that they create and paint by using primary colors.   Students will:

–          Grasp a deeper understanding of geometric and algebraic proportions 
–          Create architectural designs all on their own
–          Learn about primary colors and when combined, how they create new colors 
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curricula
 

Middle School Students:  Even though he uses improvisation exercises similar to the younger students, he spends ample time teaching them how to identify their individual talents and weaknesses, not in music, but as a person.  He does this so that the students learn how to focus on the right things to practice in order to achieve their goals.

As well, he spends time on goal setting, time management, and learning how to identify individual interests.  He talks about his school experiences and what dedication it took in order for him to become fluent with music so that it brought a high level of enjoyment.

We highly recommend that you visit our videos page (TAO Workshop Videos) to see some of our workshop performances in action.