Background: As the Senior Student Associate for Campus and Community Engagement, I create lesson materials for students grades 6-12 that relate to specially-geared Texas Performing Arts performance opportunities. The Performing Arts Academic Connection (PAAC) partnership invites students from area schools to experience the power of performing arts at a discounted rate. In collaboration with teachers and district leadership, I work to design standards-aligned lesson materials to accompany PAAC performances, usually taught for one week surrounding the performance experience.
My role: In my role as an instructional designer, my work involves:
- Collaborating with local teachers, administrators, and visiting artists to ensure high-quality instructional materials that align with state and local goals for student achievement
- Researching and implementing accessible, adaptable curriculum to meet the needs of all students
- Creating lesson materials that align with Texas Language Arts standards as well as standards for theatre, dance, music, and other disciplines
- Engaging students through the tools of technology, including a special emphasis on integrating tablets and smartphones
- Working with the Texas Performing Arts Marketing Department to weave lessons into the performance information presentation platform, Issuu.
In the 2017 — 2018 academic year, I designed lesson materials for:
- Fifth House Ensemble's Journey: LIVE, a multimedia performance experience that combines live video game play, music performance, and visual art
- Ezralow Dance's OPEN, a dynamic contemporary dance performance by the world-renowned company led by acclaimed choreographer Daniel Ezralow
- Hum A Cappella, an ensemble comprised of UT students performing traditional South Asian music with a contemporary a cappella twist
- The UT Chamber singers, an ensemble comprised of UT students performing world choral music with a special performance emphasis on the traditional American songbook
In the 2018 — 2019 academic year, our team will deliver lessons focusing on four ensembles, including traditional Indian classical dance ensemble Ragamala Dance and gospel ensemble Trey McLaughlin's Sounds of Zamar.