Aidan's Literacy Specialist Emily Navarro explores the gift of poetry and its ability to inspire and engage young readers. She also shares some tips for how to incorporate more poetry at home.
Music and Drama
Aidan's music program is designed to teach students to read music, understand musical theory, and develop vocal technique skills. Group and individual lessons are given throughout the school day to Aidan's Elementary students.
All Aidan Elementary students also participate in the Elementary Spring Musical at Aidan. The Spring Musical has been a wonderful tradition at our school since 2005. It develops musical and performance skills as well as providing a creative outlet for students to contribute to the larger Aidan community.
All Elementary students also participate in the Aidan school chorus which enhances and contributes to school events such as Special Persons' Day and Commencement.
Preparation has officially begun for our Spring Musical: A Midsummer's Night Dream! Aidan's Music and Drama Teacher Eva Esparza shares a bit about the process and what our students have been working on to prepare this upcoming production.
In 2004, Eva created Aidan's Music Program, which combines choral lessons with general theory instruction and incorporates individual lessons during Montessori work cycles. During her time at Aidan she completed a graduate degree in theatre education, and as a result of that work, has designed music lessons that incorporate drama games and skills. She loves collaborating with colleagues to bring more arts integration into Aidan's classrooms. Before coming to Aidan, Eva taught Spanish and Drama at the Thornton Friends School in Silver Spring as well as English as a Second Language at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in DC. She has also worked as an apprentice costume designer at the Olney Theater Center.
Eva is passionate about making the arts accessible and enjoyable to all Aidan students. She enjoys playing the piano, yoga, tennis, and directing Aidan's Spring Musical (another tradition she started here, which incorporates all Elementary students as cast). She and her husband Ryan have three young children, Nora, Ellsworth and John, and she has been an Aidan parent for nine years.