Gary Dulabaum - Teaching through the Magic of Song
After years of visiting thousands of schools, preschools and libraries across the United States and beyond, Gary more than ever believes in teaching through the magic of song. As a multi-instrumentailist, songwriter, recording artist and entertainer who has performed several thousand concerts in his career for people of all ages, Gary knows you have to connect with your audience and make your performance accessible to them.
As a teacher/educator Gary has combined his love and knowledge of music with his educational skills, his love of books and his desire to learn, to develop a teaching style that is entertaining, inspiring, inviting and above all is just plain fun. Gary knows that the lesson not enjoyed is not learned. So what's wrong with having some fun in the classroom.
Just imagine a group of fifth graders studying the master American poet Robert Frost and when they start presenting their favorite Frost poems to their classmates you'll hear them "rap" their poetry to a contagious Dr. Dre beat. Not only does the poetry sound great, every class mate is engaged and reciting with the presenters. The infectious rhythms even the playinfg field for all students, good readers and those still working on the flow and comprhension, and help with retention. Take away the rhythmic beats, the students still keep the groove going while being respectful to the original poem and poet. You can bet the kids will remember that lesson on poetry!
Whether it be a song/movement activity for preschoolers and kindergartners to help them make the link from oral to printed language; or a second grade class writing a song about their favorite book that they’ll later take from the page to the stage; or maybe some fifth graders singing historical songs about subjects they are studying with the intent on re-writing and updating with a more modern message and presentation; music, rhythm, performance poetry and songwriting are Gary’s main teaching tools. In Fact, Gary's use of songwriting across the curriculum led to his writing his first book My Teacher Rides A Harley.
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