The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Indianapolis Public Schools have united to resurrect the All-City Honor Choir. Eliminated from the IPS offerings in 2009 due to deep financial reductions, the All-City Honor Choir returned in 2015 to the music education offerings in the Hoosier State’s largest public school system, re-imagined, refreshed and reaching gifted young musicians. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is pleased to partner with IPS, bringing to life a choir that includes students from all 8 IPS schools who were selected through a competitive audition process. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir looks to grow and expand this program through the 2016-2017 season.
For over two decades, Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists have delivered exceptional educational programming. Your support connects IPS students with engaging children’s opera performances designed not only to increase appreciation for the performing arts, but advance 21st century learning skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. These touring performances travel to schools complete with sets, costumes, and props. Children’s opera stories are based on classic folk or fairytales and promote cross-curricular education.
The Viewfinders program offers teacher training in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), which is a facilitated arts-based discussion method that develops students’ vocabulary, reasoning, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, the program connects teachers with a year of VTS curriculum for use in the classroom, offers IMA staff for school site visits, and engages classes in VTS-specific field trips, which serve as a capstone to the VTS experiences throughout the year. A new component of the program that the IMA is piloting this year is to offer assessment and documentation of VTS in teachers’ classrooms. Current IPS school partners may participate.
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IJF is working with the band director at Shortridge High School to help create a student jazz ensemble. An all-school convocation is planned in the early months of the 2016-2017 school year to elicit excitement about joining such an ensemble as well as bringing an appreciation of jazz music to the entire student body.
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At George W. Julian School (IPS #57), the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will offer an eight-week introductory choir program at no charge to students, and the children in this program will be featured in an ICC Concert Series performance. This program will support existing school music programs, and children who complete it will be encouraged to join the ICC. The aim of this program is to further break down barriers to music education and to build a more diverse and interconnected community of singers in the ICC. To make this possible, the ICC needs to raise $1,250 (or $50 per student for 25 singers).