IMG_0592.MOV– students learning basic music education using recorders,Devin Phillips at King

 

Devin Phillips demonstrating saxophone technique in the classroom.

Arts Education Offering #1: King Jazz band

Was this developed through S2S project? Yes

Programming location: In-school,Out-of-school

Type of programming: Sequential,Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? Fourth grade receives recorder training. No prerequisites. This will be offered to all fourth graders over the year

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? Twice a week- Monday and Wednesday from 1-2pm

Notes (if additional detail/ explanation needed): This is the first year and is considered a fundamental.

Arts Education Offering #2: African dance

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Sequential,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? pk-8 grades

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? once a week for pk-k and twice a week for all other grades at 45 minutes a session.

Notes (if additional detail/ explanation needed): King considers this class an important offering and is taught by independent contractors.

Arts Education Offering #3: African drumming

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Sequential,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? Sixth – Eighth grades

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? this will be offered in the spring twice a week for one hour sessions.

Notes (if additional detail/ explanation needed): this is continuing from last year and doesn’t integrate with Jazz band.

 

 

 

What arts education offering that is new as a result of your Studio to School project do you think has been most impactful to date – either for students, teachers, or your school community more generally? Why do you think that is?

Over the past year we instituted a program of bringing band instruction to all fifth graders at King School. Since the new school year started, we have changed our model to respond to many changes initiated at the school. We added a new introductory program of recorder instruction for all fourth graders to create a foundation as a building block to future instrument instruction. We created an after-school program through the SUN School for jazz instruction for sixth graders and other interested students. And we continued the fifth grade instruction as an elective during the school day for serious students who will benefit from small group and individual instruction.
This menu of offerings has been impactful as it allowed us to reach more students and have more of an impact on the King community of students, teachers and teaching artists. Students have been learning technique and instruction but this has been supplemented by music theory for all levels.

How are you working to connect these various offerings to make arts education more coordinated or comprehensive through your Studio to School project?

We are creating a program that is being incorporated into the monthly assemblies during which students from our fifth grade program will make a presentation to the entire student body, demonstrating the instrument they are learning and how to play it. They are assisted by the music professional to add to the presentation and show the instrument being played as it can be. We will be offering this outreach to the entire school on an ongoing basis in an attempt to connect the King Jazz Band program to the curriculum being taught at the school.

How are you working to ensure that these offerings are responsive to the needs and interests of your community?

As the students improve their ability to play their instruments, we are scheduling performance opportunities. The students played for the PTA meeting held last month and will be performing for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration. We are looking for additional community venues to help brand King School as an arts-focused school.
Our parent liaison is making connections to the parent community and we are engaging the PTA in fundraising activities. The students will play at the PTA Auction next March to represent their abilities and progress.
The Pacific Crest Sinfonietta staff now meets regularly with the Vice Principal and lead teacher to brainstorm and reflect on current, past and upcoming programming to ensure its relevance to the school’s mission and to the community.