First Graders Discover Commonalities Through Music of South Sudan

Collegiate School 1st Graders and teachers spent time with Global Scholar-in-Residence John Dau learning about Sudanese music. By sharing the meaning of music over the course of his African childhood, Mr. Dau drew common connections to which everyone could relate, including parents singing a special song to comfort a child or dancing to joyous music when families and communities are happy.  
At the end of their time together, Mr. Dau taught students his native country’s “Hello Song” as well as the game that accompanies the music. Dancing, drumming, learning and laughing permeated the gathering.