Thursday, May 28th, 12 - 1pm

Stamford Connects Episode 3: How to develop your child’s potential through Arts, Music and PE

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Welcome to our new webinar series - Stamford Connects - for interested parents who want to know more about international schools in Singapore. We will be adding a new topic every 2 months. Do join us and connect!

In this episode, we will be giving parents insight into the benefits of developing your child’s Music, Art and Physical skills by ‘getting in early’ from age 3 to 6 years of age.  An Arts, Music and Physical integrated curriculum taps into children’s natural desire for active learning through the use of their senses. Developing your child’s abilities in the Arts and Physical skills is linked closely with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Learning through Arts and Music can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, collaboration and help develop character.

This talk will be presented by four Stamford American International School specialist teachers and moderated by Michael Day, Principal of Stamford American’s Early Learning Village. Please join with them to hear about how your child can benefit from creative experiences guided by intentional teaching in the areas of arts, music and physical education.

Meet Our Panelists

Antonella Maria Aloigi, Music, Strings and Suzuki Specialist, String Orchestra/Suzuki Ensembles Director

Originally from Italy, Antonella holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Conservatorio G. Verdi, (Milan, Italy) and a European Suzuki Association Diploma in Violin Teaching (Lyon, France). She is certified (Advanced Level) in Suzuki Early Childhood Education (Luzern, Switzerland) and in Gordon Music Learning Theory (Rome, Italy) and attended several professional development courses in Kodaly System and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She is certified in International Baccalaureate/PYP, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and Project Based Learning. Antonella has authored eleven books with CURCI-Edizioni Musicali, pioneering a new approach to ensemble music making for violin beginners in Italy. She regularly writes articles about violin pedagogy on the Italian specialist music magazine, Archi. 

Ben de Quadros-Wander, Music, Visual Art Specialist (KG1 & KG2)

Ben has experience teaching kindergarten in Australia and Taiwan, and a background working as a freelance illustrator and designer. As a teacher he is inspired by the innate creativity of young children and their capacity to engage meaningfully with big ideas. Incorporating socio-constructivist approaches and his passion for the arts, Ben's teaching practice incorporates innovative technology integration, creative approaches to inquiry based learning and environmentally-respectful practices in the classroom.

Garrett McKeen, PE Specialist Teacher (Early Years)

Garrett joined Stamford at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year and has been working in education for around ten years in a variety of capacities, from foreign language acquisition and social studies, to kindergarten and PE. His teaching journey has taken him from Australia to Germany, Taiwan and now Singapore, in his role as one of the Early Years PE teachers at Stamford’s Early Learning Village. Garrett’s teaching credentials come from the University of Southern Queensland where he also completed his Bachelor’s Degree. His hobbies include almost every physical activity anyone has ever invented, learning the guitar and reading social science books.

Georgia Clark, Physical Education Teacher (Early Years)

Georgia joined Stamford January 2015. She holds a Business degree and a Primary Teaching degree specialising in Physical Education both completed in Australia. Her strong swimming background has enabled her to contribute time to swim clubs, coaching and CCA’s within her time at Stamford, and is leading a new CCA in dance starting next academic year. Georgia has been involved in many international school events including SEASAC, ACSIS, Nepal volunteer schools program, Cambodia house build, Global issue network conference and outdoor educational school camps in the South East Asian region. She has developed a passion for working with Early Years children and now runs the Smart Steps and Perceptual Motor Program at the ELV alongside Mr Garrett. She has her own family with 2 young children and enjoys cooking and being outside in nature when not at school.