This June, Will Stroet and his mother Marion, a retired Kindergarten teacher, released their debut French album, “Will et sa maman: Chantons et dansons,” to an enthusiastic group of students, parents and teachers at Lord Tennyson Elementary School in Vancouver.
Since the release, their album has taken off and is making its way into French classrooms throughout Vancouver.
After releasing his debut English album, “Let’s all Dance,” in the fall of 2005 and a busy year touring across B.C., Will is ready to embark on this new musical journey with his mom.
“For many years, my mom taught Kindergarten and music at Tennyson Elementary. Coincidentally, after she retired, I was hired to teach music at the same school. It seemed only natural for us to work together on this project,” said Will Stroet. “Since my mom had written numerous fun songs, we thought it would be great to record them so another generation of teachers and students can learn them in their classrooms,” continued Stroet.
“Chantons et dansons” has 14 interactive songs to enrich students’ experience in learning French as a second language. Themes include the alphabet, the four seasons and transportation, with songs written and arranged by both Marion and Will.
Over the years, simple renditions of these songs have been circulating in other classrooms. “Students love Marion’s songs because they are interactive and easy to remember. Her simple rhymes and actions allow students to improve their French vocabulary in a fun way,” said Aynsley Bauder, a French immersion kindergarten teacher at Trafalgar Elementary in Vancouver.
This fall, Will and Marion are booked to lead a series of French music workshops to teachers through the Vancouver School Board.
“I received wonderful feedback on Will and Marion’s first workshop this Spring, and they will both be sharing more of their music with Vancouver teachers in the next few months. A series of workshops for FSL And French Immersion teachers is planned for the fall,” said Max Adrien, modern languages consultant for the Vancouver School Board. “Their material is original and refreshing and makes learning French enjoyable.”
CDs are $15 each (shipping included) and can be purchased directly through Will at email@example.com or at Beansprouts on 4350 Main Street, Vancouver.
For more information about Will Stroet and his music, contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-896-1476.