Approximately 50 students from R W Zahara Elementary School are
embarking on a World Music journey of their own. Aspects of drama, art, music, technology, and storytelling all come
together to provide an intense and fun-filled Fine Arts program for grade 5 and 6 students. Students are in the process
of constructing, painting their own Native American style flutes, and producing carrying bags (of fleece)
throughout the month of January. February and onwards will see the students experiencing a variety of teachings
and fine arts related projects with their new instruments and other world instruments.
The flutes are made of ABS food grade plastic (from Rich Dube's Northern
Spirit Flutes in Saskatoon), and offer students the experience of creating a beautiful art piece as well as producing a concert
tuned instrument that may be accompanied by other flutes, drums, guitar or piano. The flutes are easily played and enable
students to immediately participate in a beautiful sound experience that reaches well beyond the classroom and into life.
Students will have the experience of playing a variety of other world instruments in accompaniment with the flutes, and are
looking forward to creating their own music videos. Stay tuned to hear our students sharing a few original compositions
and popular songs with their flutes soon!
A number of grade 5 and 6 students who are not currently taking the Fine Arts program are excited about the flutes
too. We are accomodating that interest by making flutes available to these students as well, and the school's flute
circle (Rising Windz Flute Circle) meets at last recess on Tuesdays and Thursdays to allow everyone a chance to play!
Additional practice and circle times will be provided if extra practice is required for events on our calendar!
Occasionally, we are requested to play for events as well...
this December finds us at the Grande Prairie Museum Old Fashioned Christmas and at the Sexsmith Civic Centre for Christmas
A big thank you to musician, John
Fletcher, and our school’s FNMI liaison, Glenda Ross, for their help in flute construction, painting, and decorating