We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Rita Zhang will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Music Subject Expert Teacher.
Ms. Zhang has 25 years of musical experience in and out of the classroom. She is a composer, choreographer, performer, and passionate teacher of all things music.
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, spoke with Ms. Zhang and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!
Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?
Tell us a little bit about your background and why you became a music teacher?
Music has so many dimensions to it. What are some of the ways you find music helpful in developing a student?
You have experience in teaching students from Preschool all the way to Middle School. How do you work to engage students in music across these different levels?
As teachers, we always have things that we really love to teach our students. Can you tell us about a favorite lesson or unit that you've enjoyed doing with your students in the past?
Music history and appreciation are also important elements of your classes. How do you get students to understand and appreciate music?
Student performances are always exciting to witness! How do you prepare your students to perform in front of a crowd?
You also have experience in choreography. How do dance and movement make their way into your classroom?
How can parents encourage music appreciation at home?
For parents, making their home a music-rich environment can be a wonderful experience for their children. Music inspires and listening to music and playing music together can be a very fun activity for the family to do. If parents know any instruments, they can play them and teach their child to play also. Singing and creating music together is very bonding. In my house, I always play beautiful classical music at dinner time and a peaceful lullaby before bedtime. I think it is a good time to share music with my family and helps set the mood.
Every month in class we will discuss different musical topics based on the diverse festivals around the world. Diwali, Chinese Lunar New Year, and Christmas all have beautiful music that can be learned in the classroom and appreciated at home. I hope students share what they learn at home and families appreciate music together.
Finally, what is your goal for each of your students?
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