Culture, Community, and the Classroom: Learning from a Luthier

We love that this lesson builds on students’ interviewing skills over the course of two artist conversations. Students have a chance to think about follow-up questions based on what they retained from the first visit allowing their initial curiosity to deepen into inquiry.
Projector board, Paper, pencil, crayons/colored pencils

A Culture, Community, and the Classroom Lesson by teacher Katelyn (Church) Stocum.

TITLE: Learning from a Luthier

AUTHOR AND TEACHER: Katelyn (Church) Stocum

Katelyn (Church) Stocum is a 1st grade teacher at Port Dickinson Elementary, in Chenango Valley, NY.

ARTIST COLLABORATOR: Kevin LaDue, luthier, guitar maker

 LENGTH: Two 45-minute sessions

Find the complete lesson plans in the sidebar under “Downloads.”


General Music Standards:

Create  Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Respond  Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

New York State ELA Speaking and Listening Standards:

1SL1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse peers and adults (e.g., in small and large groups and during play).

To hear what students learned from this experience, watch this short video from our 2023 Residency Showcase.