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MV Arts in Education Philosophy

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

In addition to providing exposure to high-quality, live, accessible performances of an eclectic repertoire performed by an unusual combination of instruments, Madera Vox' arts-in-education programs ("Metamorphosis to Madera Vox", "Imagine It!" & "Black Bear's Hudson Valley Tale") and residencies will make connections through social, cultural and historical Inspiration: Children's Song No. 6 (Corea/Arr. Gluck)contexts of the repertoire, as well as drawing specific connections to other disciplines in the curriculum.    A visual art element can also be introduced (For "Imagine It!" - through projections of different artworks that inspire the imagination), deepening the experience and making even more specific connections.    For example, the ensemble plays an arrangement of Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song # 6.”  The children are asked to describe, write, or draw what they hear and put into words or image what they imagined (Arts Learning Standard #3; English/Literacy Standard #1) 

Math and Science connections can also be made through exploration of rhythm, sound production and reed making.  The Creative Process can be explored with the students creating a soundscape for a particular piece of poetry or literary work they are studying.

"My Ship" - Sebastian U. - JV Forrestal School, BeaconThe artists will work with instructors to customize a program that will support what is currently being taught in the classroom.  Learning Standards in the Arts, English/Language Arts, Languages other than English, Math/Science/Technology, Career Development, and Social Studies can all be addressed.


Multi-session residencies can include:

  • Grant writing technical assistance
  • 1 - 2 collaborative planning sessions with teachers
  • 1 inital concert for school population
  • 2, 3, or 4 workshops for targeted grade level or small groups
  • 1 culminating activity/concert
  • 1 post-residency reflection.

Although making curricular connections is something we feel is a worthwhile approach to arts education, learning about and making art for art's sake is at the core of our AIE philosophy.  We believe that the arts teach vital modes of thinking, imagining, inventing and seeing - all skills necessary to find solutions to problems posed by our rapidly evolving world. 

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