Mark Elshout & Jasmine Yang
Mark Elshout is a teacher of MYP/DP music and director of bands. He is currently the Head of Performing Arts; a position focused on curriculum management and development.
Jasmine Yang is a teacher of Chinese Thread Music and the director of the Chinese Orchestra (YunYin Orchestra). She is also a fine performer of Pipa. She has designed the CT curriculum herself with some ties with the MYP approaches and philosophies, whilst also embracing the Keystone vision of local cultural education within a bi-lingual world school.
Bi-lingual and cross-cultural education in the Arts
This workshop focuses on the educational benefits (value added education) of bi-lingual and cross-cultural education in the Arts.
Keystone Academy presents a unique education that balances learning about local culture in a liberal arts setting and in the local language, whilst learning parallel in the MYP setting with a foreign Arts specialist in English as the instructional language. Where possible, the two separate curriculums work together to scaffold learning so that students are experiencing similar fundamental understandings from the two different perspectives. This style of education helps students understand that, no matter what language you learn, the language of Art globally remains the same. Bilingual learning adds value through cultural understanding in education.
The examples are from a secondary music perspective as both teachers are from the secondary music discipline. However, the Keystone program is F-12 and the bilingual approach is the same in both primary and secondary. So this session is beneficial to anyone wishing to understand more about cross-cultural learning in the arts with bilingual language immersion.