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Music

Music in schools can provide arts funding for adopted classrooms. We have given instrumental and choral programs through standards-based workshops covering a variety of specialty areas. Creative concerts support adopted classrooms in developing countries with teacher and parents creating the school fundraiser.

Arts Education

Arts Education enhances creativity and increases creative thinking and problem-solving skills; and has been proven to increase communication skills vitally needed in today’s complex society with its emphasis on technology and mass communication. A variety of studies have demonstrated that participation in arts programs is critically important to education and learning, and leads to greater academic achievement.

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A valuable historical perspective:

"Music is an integral part of human experience. Used in celebrations, rituals, and everyday life, it expresses the heights and depths of human feelings and emotions, the joys and sorrows encountered by all. Significantly, the study of music combines human emotional experience and intellectual cognition.

One of the greatest values of a comprehensive music education program is that it allows all students to develop fully those qualities that will help them understand and enjoy life. It provides a means of creativity and self-expression. Through music they learn that their thoughts and feelings can be communicated nonverbally by composing and improvising original music involving higher-order thinking processes, such as those involved in skill mastery, analysis, and synthesis."

- California Visual and Performing Arts Framework

The Class-ACT Focus

Introductory Music, Rhythm and Song

An interactive musical story telling and sing-along program in which children sing, play instruments, and become aware of music rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. They focus mainly on listening and creating movement response to songs from various cultures, and learn to read, write, and perform simple patterns of pitch, with attention given to the concept of music notation. Singing of basic American folk songs and songs from other countries gives a sense of preservation of one’s own culture while developing a greater understanding of others.

Choral Program

For upper elementary grades our choral music programs are structured with a holistic approach. Paying attention to diverse learning styles and abilities, lessons focus on the concepts of singing, listening, reading, writing, and playing instruments with movement to accompany choral presentations. Whether in small classroom ensembles or large choirs, students can become better musicians by developing their prime instrument, the voice and body. Through understanding the elements of music, learning basic key signatures, tempo, rhythm and simple harmony, analyzing the role of music in past and present days, interpreting musical symbols, and developing vocal technique in performance, the joy of making and sharing music comes alive in the choral group setting.

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Beginning Recorder

The instructor emphasizes breathing and blowing techniques with a strong focus on skill development in playing simple melodies. Attention is given to basic music theory, as described above, while emphasizing areas of steady rhythm, time and key signatures, notes and rests.

Ukulele & Guitar

Children are introduced to simple chords, strumming and finger technique in this basic instrument program ideally suited for upper elementary grades. Students in a regular classroom are divided into small groups of ten to twelve to give more individual attention. For final class performance the guitar and/or ukulele groupings create the rhythm section for the concert, which will include a recorder ensemble and a chorus section – from the chorus and recorder programs mentioned above.

Songwriting Classes

In this program that combines the disciplines of creative writing and music, a classroom of children create their own class song based on ideas from memorable events in their daily lives. A professional singer/songwriter leads the class in an exploration of simple themes that can be developed into a song with original lyrics and melody. Poetic meter becomes the basis for the verses and chorus in the lyrics of the song while a new original melody is created from a variety of examples of different song styles and rhythm patterns. The program can be expanded to include the production of a music CD in a professional recording studio, with children in the class singing their newly created song.