On the benefits of improvisation: art technologies have begun to be used in schools and gardens of Karelia

Sitting at a desk for half a day at school, and then at home at home, is not easy for any child: there is little movement and fresh air, but a lot of work for the brain and eyes. In kindergarten, of course, the load is less, but the children there are also younger: they also get tired of the regime, early waking up and classes. In Karelia, all this is aggravated by natural conditions - long winters, cold weather, lack of sun and bright colors.

Doctors and teachers have long been saying that all these negative factors need to be compensated for, otherwise the health of the younger generation can be undermined. This became especially true last year, when people found themselves in completely new conditions.

“To all the risk factors that exist in our north, the coronavirus pandemic has been added, which knocked out the soil from under everyone's feet,” says Lyudmila Fradkova, senior methodologist at the Center for Education Development. - And then everyone was in a state of stress. Children and teachers are especially affected, because all the requirements and restrictions that are offered to us exacerbate the existing difficulties - physical inactivity, being in a confined space, lack of fresh air. ”

Lyudmila Fradkova. Photo: "Respublika" / Lilia Konchakova

They are struggling with such problems using different methods, including with the help of art technologies. But they are usually used sporadically - during individual classes or extracurricular activities. What if you include art technologies in the educational process systematically and on an ongoing basis?

This is the experiment that Lyudmila Fradkova and her partners, composer Irina Smirnova and choreographer Alexander Kozin, are currently conducting. The project was supported by the Ministry of Education of Karelia and the Karelian Institute for the Development of Education, as well as PetrSU. Approbation of the methodology was joined by about twenty schools and kindergartens of the republic.

Art as a tool

The main directions of the project were music and movement. The first component, as conceived by the authors, will contribute to relaxation, emotional relief, and the work of fantasy. Well, the second will help solve the problem of lack of movement.

Irina Smirnova wrote two cycles of musical compositions specially for the project, and Alexander Kozin made a program of exercises based on dance improvisation. Of course, it could have been done easier: take ready-made music or basic exercises familiar to everyone from physical education lessons. But the project has broader objectives:

“The key word is creativity, improvisation, avoiding stereotypes and patterns. Children need an opportunity to be free, educators and teachers, by the way, too, ”says Lyudmila Isaakovna.

That is why the work involved the masters who pay a lot of attention to improvisation and freedom in creativity.

Irina Smirnova recorded a disc for the project with the poetic title My endless dreams - "My endless dreams". It consists of piano preludes, each of which has its own unique emotional flavor and tune in a certain way.

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