“A Musical Experience” (Photos & Video)

Some University of Maryland students and their professor helped lead an introduction to music composition for a third grade class at Stedwick Elementary in Montgomery Village on Sept. 24.

The students and their professor were invited by third grade teacher Mary Ruth McGinn, who was looking for some outside help in teaching her students about composing and making music. The students have formed an opera company as a vehicle for their third grade curriculum and this is their first lesson in music composition. But, again, this is not an arts program.

“I am really trying to show the power of the process of creation while integrating curriculum and all these amazing life skills,” said McGinn. ” The authentic purpose for academic, social and emotional learning.”

The student teachers said they had a blast.

You can watch their lesson in music composition (and teamwork) here:

More photos of this assignment:


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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families.

Sixteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning.

She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students.

Read more of Mary Ruth’s blog Learning for Real.


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