Kids’ Orchestra Teaching Artist and Mentor Professional Development Series Spring 2017

Kids’ Orchestra Teaching Artist and Mentor Professional Development Series Spring 2017

Kids’ Orchestra’s Teaching Artist’s Professional Development Spring 2017 took place on January 11, 2017 at Claiborne Elementary School.  The training exceeded expectations on many different levels. Several discussions took place including sessions on child safety procedures, behavior management strategies, and curriculum.   About 45 teaching artists participated in the event. These artists teach one of 10 music class offerings while facilitating a safe, afterschool environment for students. “A great group music lesson balances discipline and fun, and that starts with a passionate instructor,” says Sam Trevathan, Kids’ Orchestra Education Director, who oversees curriculum. “These training sessions assist our teachers to identify each students’ individuality while bringing them together to perform as a group or ensemble.” Our teaching artists comprise professional musicians, graduate students, and music educators. Not all of them have classroom experience. However, in these sessions, veteran teachers work closely with new staff on best practices. Also this semester,

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Free December Concerts — 800 local youth musicians to perform in 11-performance Neighborhood Concert Series

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016 Free December Concerts 800 local youth musicians to perform in Neighborhood Concert Series Kids’ Orchestra hosts 11 free performances Kids’ Orchestra will present 11 performances in its Winter 2016 Neighborhood Concert Series.The concerts highlight the skills acquired during after school music program. 800 students from 24 local public, private and charter elementary schools will be represented at the concerts, playing instruments that include strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students range from fifth-year veterans who joined the program in its inception to first-year children who just received their first instrumental instruction this September. Special Community Performance Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. Festival of Lights North Boulevard Town Square Featuring Kids’ Choir and student artists on wind, string, and percussion instruments Monday, December 5,  6 p.m. Kids’ Orchestra Kids’ Choir BREC Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd Featuring Kids’ Orchestra community-wide choir representing 21

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Staff Spotlight — Phil Shapiro

Meet Philip Shapiro, Kids’ Orchestra’s newest Program Manager.   Phil manages Mayfair Laboratory School, Magnolia Woods Elementary, and Dufroq Elementary.  Phil enjoys upbeat jazz music and shared some of his favorite tunes while we spoke.   KO: Let’s Start off with WHY you enjoy working with Kids’ Orchestra: Phil: “I’m making a difference in the lives of children at an early age; We’re creating a love of music right from the start”   “Tell me more about that:” Phil: “If you read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, he talks about how we tend to divide, especially at an early age. We divide students by age, instead of by ability group. That grows and eventually comes true (to them) because they grow up thinking that they’re failures, that they’re worthless, that things will never work out for them because they’ve been stuck in that failure category their whole lives. And it was all

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Top 5 Tips for Your Instrument

With the start of Kids’ Orchestra, here are a few things to review with your young musician: 1.Take Great Care of Your Instrument Keep it Clean Learn how to clean your instrument and clean it regularly.  Sometimes the malfunction is so subtle that the student thinks they are doing something wrong, and frustration mounts.  If your instrument doesn’t sound as  vibrant as when you first received it, it is most likely dirty. Woodwind & Brass Musicians: Watch what you eat! Food particles can get trapped inside a wind or brass instrument. If  you must eat before you play, it is best to rinse your mouth out with water. Store Your Instrument Safely Keep your instrument in its protective case and store it in a safe place. An instrument can be damaged if it takes a fall, or if something falls on it. 2. Play Your Instrument! Practice! Practicing every day

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Join Kids’ Choir!

  New to the 2016-2017 school year, Kids’ Orchestra is expanding our excellent Kids’ Choir program to include ALL children, grades 2 – 6, in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Previously held at 4 local elementary schools, Kids’ Choir rehearsals will now be at Independence Park, a more centralized location increasing accessibility to more children in Baton Rouge. Directed by children’s choir specialists, Dr. Melissa Brunkan and Mr. Jason Bowers, of the LSU School of Music Students from public, private, charter or homeschool groups are invited to participate, from EBR and the surrounding areas.     You’re Invited WHO: All 2nd – 6th graders in the Greater Baton Rouge Area WHAT: A United Voice for the entire Kids community WHEN: Monday evenings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Boulevard COST: $20 per semester Or Included in Kids’ Orchestra instrumental tuition   *Transportation is not

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Open House and Registration Schedule 2016-2017

  Stop by Kids’ Orchestra at your school’s Open House All open houses feature information about our program, an instrument petting zoo, scholarship information and online registration. Open House Schedule     Friday, Aug. 5 12 to 4 p.m. GEO Prep Academy Saturday, Aug. 6 12 p.m. Capitol Elementary School Monday, Aug. 8 1 to 3 p.m. Westdale Elementary School 2 to 3:30 p.m. Buchanan Elementary School 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dufrocq Elementary School 6 p.m. LSU Lab School  Tuesday, Aug. 9 2 to 4:30 p.m. Brownfields Elementary School 2 to 3 p.m. Wildwood Elementary School 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Claiborne Elementary School 3 to 4 p.m. LaSalle Elementary School 6 p.m. Ryan Elementary School Thursday, Aug. 11 8 to 10:30 a.m. St. James Episcopal School Tuesday, Aug. 16 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Redemptorist Open House Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7 p.m. Belfair Montessori Magnet 6 to 7 p.m.  J.K. Haynes Elementary Wednesday, Aug. 24 5 to 6 p.m.  BRFLAIM [Mayflower

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The Doctors DiSalvio Are In

“Music started it all,” says Nick DiSalvio, DMA, and thankfully, it is what brought this powerhouse couple to Baton Rouge, and coincidentally to the Kids’ Orchestra family. They met in Europe their sophomore year of high school through the American Music Abroad (AMA) program. After the tour ended, they were separated by 200 miles, but AIM and E-mail helped them stay in contact over the course of their remaining high school years. Before her sophomore year of college, Pagean transferred and joined Nick at at Rowan University in New Jersey. After succesfully completing their undergraduate music degrees and falling in love, they set out together to Illinois State for their masters’ degrees. Now, the DiSalvios are just a few weeks away from their graduation from the doctoral program at LSU. Pagean will graduate with a DMA in trumpet performance and Nick will graduate with a DMA in woodwind performance. The

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Kids’ Orchestra Choir Director Presents at NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference

Kids’ Orchestra would like to send congratulations to Jason Bowers for his research on the values and benefits of Kids’ Orchestra’s after-school choir program on African American students. Bowers presented at the 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in the Social Justice and Cultural Diversity category. The conference took place March 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia. Bowers began his research last spring, using traditional ethnographic methods to obtain data, such as observing rehearsals and performances, interviewing students, parents, directors, and KO staff, as well as studying material culture including the KO website, El Sistema website, etc. Bowers has worked with Kids’ Orchestra for 2 years teaching choir. Bowers says of the conference: It was a great experience and led to me meeting a variety of other people interested    in El Sistema-inspired programs. I am hoping to develop this project into my dissertation and expand it to look at the

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Kids’ Orchestra Welcomes Ade’ Williams

Students at Mayfair Lab School and The Dunham School were in for a treat on January 27 when violin prodigy Ade’ Williams visited them to teach a master class and perform. Williams spoke first to the violin and viola classes at Mayfair, answering questions and demonstrating technique during an intimate master class. In addition to violin, Williams can play viola and piano. She then performed Gigue Partita No. 3 in E Major, BMV 1006 by JoHann Sebastian Bach for all students at the Mayfair site. Williams explored the work with the children as they discussed how music “moves” you and draws emotion from the listener. Bach’s Gigue, they jointly decided, is happy and exciting, and made them want to dance. Williams, who began playing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on violin at three years old, played her first solo as a guest performer in front of an orchestra when she was

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Delta Sigma Theta Founders Day Performance

Students from Westdale Heights Academic Magnet were honored to perform at the Delta Sigma Theta Founders Day Celebration commemorating 103 years of service on January 30. The event featured performances from clarinet, cello, flute and viola students. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913. It is a public service organization comprised of educated women who seek to render services in local communities.  The organization is based on a Five-Point Pragmatic Thrust: Educational Development Economic Development Physical and Mental Health Political Awareness and Involvement International Awareness and Involvement. The Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter has been servicing the Baton Rouge community since 1931. Westdale Heights Academic Magnet principal, Catasha Edwards, is a Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae and is a supporter of Kids’ Orchestra. Alumnae Alma Cherry’s grand children participate in the program and were at the event to perform. Other special guests included 50 year member Bernadine Chube-Jenkins and 25-year member

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