Category: Poster

33 - Giftedness in Singing Among Lakota/Dakota Children: A Case Study in Identification and Intervention

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Music development is particularly important in Native American culture. Supporting music development aligns with the primary goal of elementary school music to develop vocal proficiency in singing among children. This presentation describes an intensive choral program for Native American children of Lakota/Dakota tribes who demonstrate "promise" or "giftedness" in vocal music at Standing Rock Elementary School in Fort Yates, North Dakota, where 98% of student population are from the Lakota/Dakota tribes. The audience learns how Native American children are assessed for their vocal competencies and trained in a Western-style choir singing traditional Lakota/Dakota songs in choral format.

Edwin G. Edpalina

Gifted & Talented Teacher
Standing Rock Community Elementary School
Fort Yates ND , North Dakota

Edwin G. Edpalina is presently serving as Gifted & Talented Teacher at Standing Rock Community High School in Fort Yates, North Dakota. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Inclusive Special Education from Syracuse University, New York and was a Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Resident (SUITR) with Syracuse City School District for school year 2015-2016. Mr. Edpalina also completed all academic requirements for a Master of Arts in Music Education (ABD) from University of Santo Tomas, Manila Philippines and had a post-graduate music training at Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary, under a scholarship grant from the International Kodaly Society. Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Edpalina spent most of his career as a music teacher and choir director at private and international schools in the Philippines, Japan, China and at one time appointed Head of Visual & Performing Arts Department at The American International School Hong Kong. At present, he is interested in supporting giftedness in music and vocal music among D/Lakota children at Standing Rock reservation, the community where he currently served.