Understanding music in context is very important at Stevenson and a focus of the Manitoba Music Curriculum. Students connect music to contexts of time, place, and community, and develop understanding of how music reflects and influences culture and identity.
In this season, there are many holidays celebrated by the various families in our community. We can seek to understand and appreciate the beautiful gifts that they give through music, song, and dance, by experiencing them and participating in activities in the music room.
One of those traditions celebrated by some of our families at our school is Hanukkah (the Jewish word for ‘dedication’). It is called the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. This happened in the 160s BC (before Jesus was born).
As the Grade 1s are learning about this festival and Jewish culture, they were learning a modified dance from this community. We discovered that the song had a pattern. Can you guess it?
Original Source: Cultural Dancing