Lafayette/Chopin Elementary Schools

Our projects combine musical composition with literacy-focused units focusing on writing rap, poetry, song lyrics, and personal essays. We incorporate non-traditional scoring and explore classroom and neighborhood community in our projects to foster self-esteem, creative expression, multi-cultural understanding, and musical-academic growth.

Lafayette Elementary School The mission of Chopin School, a Math and Science Cluster is to achieve and maintain academic excellence through a differentiated and integrated curriculum with an emphasis in Math and Literacy in all content areas. We will continue to foster the learning of all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners, in partnership with parents and the entire community.

[caption id="attachment_774" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Arturs Weible[/caption] Having taught at Lafayette for 14 years, it is very exciting to have this opportunity to watch students grow with this integrated curriculum!  The next two years have so much to explore.

Lisa Golda is a singer-actor specializing in literacy connections. Both an Actors' Equity candidate and a trained opera singer, Lisa earned her master's degree in vocal performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed as a Resident Artist and AGMA chorister with Portland Opera, and has also done community outreach and children's touring performances with Seattle Opera and Chicago Opera Playhouse. She recently created the role of Charlotte Black Elk in the world premiere of Buffalo Nation with Present Music in Milwaukee, WI. She is a church and theatrical music director and pianist, and a private/collegiate voice teacher. Lisa also works as a teaching artist in residence for Chicago Opera Theater, specializing in script creation. Visit her website at

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