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The Music of Louis Armstrong

February 10, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

The children continued to learn about the unique contributions of Black Americans through the life and work of musician Louis Armstrong.

Jazz music filled the Sky Class as they heard stories about Armstrong’s life, looked at pictures him playing in a band, and danced to his beat.

“I noticed he plays music.”

“That’s why he started to play… he loved music!”

The children learned to feel jazz music. They listened to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong and used crayons to draw the music.

“The high is loud and the low is little.”

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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