Discovering the Art: Looking Back: How Sulfur Springs USD Provided Art Education During Distance Learning


In the spring of 2021, the Sulfur Springs Union School District brought in artists from different mediums to collaborate with students, working to incorporate the arts into their curriculum, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and remote learning.

Now, in the spring of 2022 – and in honor of Youth Arts Month – review exactly how these artists and educators have pivoted to teaching the arts in new ways.

For more information on Sulfur Springs Union School District, visit their website.

These segments and this interview were originally recorded in the spring of 2021.

More on the artists below:

Throughout 2021, Brian Bon taught a virtual dance workshop to 2nd graders in the Sulfur Springs Union School District. Bon has been involved in clogging full time for over 35 years, including time with The Steele Family Cloggers, as well as his family band, The Bon Family Cloggers. Brian also runs and operates POWERHOUSE!!! A dance studio that combines innovative tap, precision clogging and explosive stomp.

Joseph Peck is a professional steel drum musician with a degree in music education and a focus on world music. He is a founding member of Babylon Saints – a reggae-rock band based in Los Angeles and has performed across the United States. His passion for inspiring and educating resonated well with students in the Sulfur Springs Union School District. Peck has successfully collaborated with students of all ages and levels, from elementary to high school.

Roxanne Jeppesen is a drummer and founder of the non-profit organization Cultivating Creative Minds. After working as a music teacher in the Santa Clarita area, Jeppesen often found herself linking schools and music teachers and coordinating the two. This morphed into Cultivating Creative Minds, which advocates for expanded creative programs in schools while working with teachers to create learning experiences that benefit everyone.

Beth Sussman is an award-winning pianist and teaching artist. She has performed internationally and worked extensively as a musical director. In his teaching, Sussman uses a method that uses rhythm and listening skills to improve subjects such as reading comprehension and math skills. In addition to teaching at the Sulfur Springs Union School District, Sussman also teaches his method in various interactive workshops and assemblies.

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