In Lucas Tarrant’s classroom, the music education experience is anything but traditional. Tarrant, a first-year Swift School teacher and classically trained Opera singer, engages students through music and movement to keep class engaging and fun while ensuring that students learn.
Mr. Tarrant knew that he wanted to teach in a private school, and the warmth of Head of School Chris Pomar and Lower Division Director Roni Battoglia drew him into the Roswell campus nestled off of Grimes Bridge Road. After accepting the job, he set out to build a unique program.
“Music is important to me,” said Mr. Tarrant, “so I knew how pivotal it was that we had not only music but also the movement aspect. The movement goes hand-in-hand with music instruction and
is vital for dyslexic learners.”
Teaching students with dyslexia and language-based learning challenges has made Mr. Tarrant flexible in his lesson planning. When building students’ knowledge of music, instruments, and voice, he adds in the movement piece.
“If it does not seem like a good day to sit and have a lesson, I incorporate movement,” added the inspirational instructor.
“We do a lot of games that make it a fun experience rather than force-feeding information and having them seated the entire class. I create my curriculum and adapt it based on the day. The movement portion and flexibility with lesson plans set us apart
from a traditional public school."
Mr. Tarrant also relishes the fact that Swift School has small class sizes.
“I can give students individual attention and understand their needs. I can help them learn the way that’s best for them. They have the freedom of mobility and communication, which is a major part of the class.”