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).
Tall Tales & Long Tails, designed by ICO Music Director Matthew Kraemer, features 20 ICO musicians, a narrator, and Prokofiev’s timeless Peter & the Wolf. Included are lesson plans and curriculum for teachers. Tall Tales & Long Tails teaches the connection between English language arts and music. Authors and composers are both storytellers, but whereas an author uses words, a composer uses notes. Students will create word banks to describe the story and music. The ICO proposes to present this program at IPS #61 in conjunction with Any Given Child Indy. The ICO also will present the program at IPS #99 if funds permit.