Music is the medium

Bobby Boogaloo speaks and sings to children at Ponoka Elementary School. Boogaloo has been helping each class write a song and the school will perform the songs for the public on March 24 at 1 p.m. in the gym.

By CHARLES TWEED

Bobby who?

Why it’s Bobby Boogaloo!

A children’s musician and entertainer, Bobby Boogaloo has been working with students at Ponoka Elementary School since the beginning of March.

The month-long visit is part of the artist in residency program and it’s afforded the school the chance to bring in different artists each year to work with the fine arts program.

“He spends five sessions with each class and they come in with a character trait, it could be respect, sharing, trust, and then they brainstorm and talk about it. While their brainstorming he’s (Bobby) jotting down notes and what he’s doing is writing a song,” said principal Nicole Rawlinson.

The kids determine what type of song they would like to sing, be it rock’n roll, rap, or country.

From there they rehearse the song and then it’s time for the grand performance. The hard work has paid off and the kids’ reactions to Boogaloo have been incredible.

“He’s magic with them. He’s obviously skilled and has a lot of experience of being with kids at every age range. He meets them at their level and gets them engaged. They are so excited to be writing music,” said Rawlinson.

The kids learn about music and each song is designed to have a message within the lyrics. The song helps the kids learn about life.

“Music and songs with good hooks is the best way our brains learn, no matter what it is. When you can incorporate that with some philosophical ideas, it sticks in the brain and helps them learn. Comedy too, comedy, philosophy and music, those are the three fun things that I like to do,” said Boogaloo.

Each grade gets a chance to record their song on a CD so mom and dad can enjoy the music well after Boogaloo’s gone. He thinks it’s important to get the kids on stage and believes it helps with self-esteem.

“I always try and take something that they come up with and empower them through it. The song we did about responsibility isn’t about ‘Oh I gotta do this or I gotta do that’ instead it’s about how when you take responsibility for your actions you become your own boss and you gain power through that,” said Boogaloo.

Ponoka Elementary School will host its grand show featuring a song from every class on March 24 at 1 p.m. and encourages the public to attend.

Just Posted

OPINION: Jason Kenney won by portraying himself as the Guardian of Alberta

How did Kenney do it? He never considered himself an opposition leader and didn’t pretend to be one.

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Motorcyclist seriously injured after hit on one-way road in Nisku

Leduc RCMP respond to vehicle versus motorcycle with serious injuries

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Person airlifted to hospital after avalanche in Yoho National Park has died

The man was among a party of three involved in an avalanche Saturday afternoon

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Most Read