Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom
August 3 - 10, 2013
Held during Family Week at Ogontz.
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For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.
The course is led by Kari Smith, adjunct faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.
Matriculated Antioch students receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England where this course is available for one Master's level graduate credit. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Registration forms for the course will be available at Ogontz from Kari Smith. Antioch tuition of $350 is due with the completed registration form. This may be paid by check made payable to Antioch University New England Graduate School or by credit card. This is in addition to the fees due to CDSS. All who participate fully (whether for credit or not) will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.
Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:
- Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
- Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
- Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
- Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end
This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Kari Smith to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.
-- Kari Smith, Program Director
Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.
Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)
The children are divided into classes by age (2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.
Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes
Pick the topic of your interest!
Teachers Seminar -- Kari Smith (3:50)
This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 18, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course.
To earn masters degree level graduate credit, In addition to applying to CDSS for the program:
- Current Antioch students: Register for a Supervised Independent Study for 1 or 2 credits with the Office of the Registrar and pay the Antioch tuition. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants not currently enrolled at Antioch: Register for 1 credit with the Office of the Registrar at Antioch and pay the Antioch tuition for Continuing Education. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course.
Scholarships are available.
|9:00-9:55||Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
9:00 Kids' Classes
Each morning campers 12 and under will join with others in their age-groups for two periods of classes. We may combine these classes into broader age-groups based on actual registrations, but be assured our young friends will be kept busy and having fun!
Age 3-4 Playtime!: DeLaura Padovan -- We will start our day with a wonderful playtime. Songs, dances, stories and more.
Age 5-6 Silly Songs, Silly Games, Silly Dances: Lily Kruskal Leahy -- Join us for classes brimming with creative silliness. Come prepared to laugh, dance, sing and act!
Age 7-9 English Spring Celebration: Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- Bettie will take us on a journey to Helston, Cornwall, where we'll learn a version of an ancient song and dance ritual that is still performed there every May to help welcome in the spring. Since it won't be spring and we won't really be in merry old England, we might have to do some revising to suit merry old Ogontz Camp! We'll include a bit of a Robin Hood play so there will be costumes, props and instruments to be made!
Age 10-12 Dance: Steve Zakon-Anderson, Steve Hickman -- We'll start the day by getting ready for the night - by dancing that is! Steve will get us ready to contra dance, English Country dance, and waltz to Steve Hickman's wonderful fiddling. We'll also learn to call dances, work together on a daily group challenge and enjoy a bit of hambone!
|10:05-11:00||Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
10:05 Kids' classes
A snack will be brought to the class locations between each period as the teachers move and the campers stay put. We may combine these classes into broader age-groups based on actual registrations, but be assured our young friends will be kept busy and having fun!
Age 3-4 Movement, Song and Props: Erika Roderick -- Make stories and songs come alive with Erika! We will have fun exploring singing games, creating our own stories to act out and making masks and costumes for the characters we become!
Age 5-6 Moving and Grooving: DeLaura Padovan -- We'll be moving and grooving, dancing and singing and having a wonderful, playful time together.
Age 7-9 Longsword: Lily Kruskal Leahy, Laura Sprung -- Lily will teach the longsword class, a folk tradition from the north of England in which the dancers link together by "swords" and work together as a team. We will also learn a "calling on song" to welcome the dancers to the stage. To warm up each day we will be learning some fun group games to get to know each other and as an excuse to be silly! (As if we will need one!)
Age 10-12 Morris: Brad Sayler, Natty Smith -- Brad will have us concentrate on the rich tradition of morris dances from the Welsh border region. These dances combine simple stepping and appealing figures with dynamic music played by Natty to produce a powerful seasonal display. Singing is also a part of this tradition, and we'll include that as part of the performance.
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
1:30 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Napping, walking, relaxing or...
(8 & younger/parent) Readin' and Restin': DeLaura Padovan -- A quiet and relaxing hour for families with younger children - not quite a nap, but it will refresh and recharge. If you have some favorite books in your cabin, please bring them to share.
(All ages, under 8 w/parent) Community Art: Laura Sprung -- We'll work on new projects everyday but you can also concentrate on just one, if you find a favorite. You will have a chance to work with a mix of new and repurposed materials to create practical and ornamental objects. You don't need to bring anything but yourself, but if you have favorite paper craft tools, bring them along. Some possible projects are paper boxes, stationary, napkin rings, magnets, and more.
(8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) Family Band: Steve Hickman -- Steve will get us ready to play for the Community Dance each night! All abilities and instruments welcome.
(10 & up) Swing Party: Bettie Zakon-Anderson, Steve Zakon-Anderson / Zara Bode, Naomi Morse, Owen Morrison -- Bettie and Steve will teach and review some simple swing moves each day to get you dancing to the amazing singing/playing of Zara, Naomi and Owen! More of a party than a class - but dance assistance will be available on the sides.
(13 & up) English Clog: Kathy Talvitie / Natty Smith -- Bring your hard-soled shoes and learn a traditional clog dance in the English Clog style.
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
2:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(13-19) Teen Class: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode -- Hey teens! With your help we will have more fun than anyone else at camp! We'll sing songs, play ukuleles, find our special talents (who can lick their elbow. Try it right now!) and play games. We can't wait to meet you!
(20 & up) Afternoon Contras: / Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, American Dance Musicians Course -- An opportunity to contra dance during the afternoon and, for those of you with experience, a chance to call some dances too.
3:50 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(8 & up) Mummers: Paddy Swanson -- The artistic director of Revels will lead us in the creation of a spectacular mummers play.
(13 & up) Harmony Singing: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode -- Take a break from dancing or running after your kids and take part in the joy of harmony singing. We'll learn traditional two, three and four part songs, from traditional sources, done up in traditional and contemporary arrangements. Most songs will have music, but we may learn some simple songs by ear.
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
Teacher Training Course participants will join the class teachers and students in the morning to work with traditional material. This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
Stories at the Green Chairs - Donald Davis
Donald Davis - storyteller extraordinaire! Donald will take us on a daily journey during which we’ll guffaw with laughter and nod our heads in recognition of our common stories.
|7:45-8:30||Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|