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.