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The Music Exhibition: A Storied Composition

September 14, 2020 | Jessica Smith

In the next week, students in grades seven and eight will begin preparing for the Music Exhibition. For this project, students will be creating an audiobook of a fable. Using Soundtrap (a digital audio workstation) and Noteflight (composition software) students will read their fable to create a base track and will then compose a soundtrack to accompany their audiobook.  Each class will then create a Google Site of audiobooks that will be shared with the Mustard Seed Community. Students will present their exhibitions on Thursday, November 12 and parents are encouraged to attend. 

The music exhibition is designed to accommodate students of all musical abilities.  Over the next eight weeks, we will break this project down into manageable pieces that will fit together to create a significant achievement. I can’t wait to see their creativity blossom through this project!

Jessica Smith

Music Teacher, Preschool and Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator

With more than 20 years experience teaching music in a variety of settings from elementary to college, Dr. Jessica Smith has a deep love for music education, integrated arts curriculum, world music, and worship.
In 2017, Smith traveled to Ghana to study West African drumming and dance as part of a fellowship from Fund for Teachers. In 2015, she completed four years of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner, a method that uses neuroscience and movement as a catalyst for potent learning. As a clinician, Smith has led workshops in vocal studies and drum circle facilitation. Before coming to Mustard Seed School in 2008, Smith was the Director of Preparatory & Continuing Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she also served as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Smith enjoys traveling and spending too much money on plants at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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