The Learning Through Music teacher works very much like the visual arts teacher in our Art is Elementary program at Glacier Valley, but the medium is music. She works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to apply music skills to other content areas as a way to build multiple pathways of understanding and deepen knowledge and comprehension. I'm very interested in following-up with the three music specialists to learn how their work supports each other and how they work with classroom teachers to provide a comprehensive and cohesive music literacy program. Our time was short, but the fellows were able to share a couple of songs and a dance at an informal gathering with several classrooms (see Rebecca Levi's posting which includes a video clip).
As part of our site visits to other vibrant arts programs in the Boston community, the Abreu Fellows participated in a Boston City Singers choir and Suzuki violin rehearsal. This program provides comprehensive music training for students grades K-12 at no cost. Linda Money, the Artistic Director, and other key members of the program treated the fellows to a homemade dinner afterward, where we could informally share ideas and ask more questions about the program. Both the rehearsal process and the dinner conveyed a warmth and family feel that explains why so many children remain in the program throughout their K-12 schooling. Thank you, Linda, and the Boston City Singers community for your generous hospitality.
Homemade Dinner with Members of the Boston City Singers
We also visited the Boston Children's Chorus as part of our time with Anthony Trecek-King who taught us basic choral conducting skills and rehearsal techniques. When observing the choirs, we experienced first-hand how Anthony and his staff lay the foundation for and help their singers achieve musical literacy.
Michelle Adams prepares the intermediate choirs for their performance at this week's tree-lighting ceremony
Thank you to Tanya Maggi, Director of NEC's Community Performances and Partnerships program, for arranging our visits to the other inspiring arts programs in Boston:
- Boston Arts Academy: public fine arts high school committed to developing the artist, scholar and citizen within each of their students.
- Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC): using music to engage at-risk youth and provide them positive outlets for creative expression.
- Community Music Center of Boston: providing music opportunities for the Boston community, including programs for youth during and after-school.