The purpose of this program is to encourage students to pursue music as a vocation or avocation, give students the opportunity to meet musicians in an “up-close and personal fashion," develop future audience, patrons and contributors for Mountain Town Music and to introduce students to a variety of musical instruments and genres.
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning," says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.
A quality music program should include experiences with musicians and community music organizations. Live music experiences complement school music instruction and are an important component of learning about and experiencing music. Mountain Town Music hopes to bring music to life in schools by presenting live performances, sponsoring musician classroom visits, offering professional workshops for students and providing in class performances that enhance lesson plans.
We will present music as a “cultural art form" - a live, interactive musical presentation which takes participants on a musical journey tracing the evolution of the musical form from its roots and musical traditions through its emergence and evolution as a unique genre of music and its influence on other forms of popular contemporary music, including jazz, R&B, rock and roll, soul, funk and rap. Traveling over time and across continents, the performance demonstrates how the musical form was influenced by and reflects important events in history. The presentation encourages participants to consider the role of both individuals and movements in bringing about social transformation and musical innovation.
Students and their teachers learn about American culture and history through an exploration of music and related folk art. The program combines visual arts with live music, connects arts and cultural content with other subjects and supports teachers in integrating arts and cultural content into classroom curriculums. Through Mountain Town Music In Schools programming, participants gain a greater understanding of how the arts can reflect life experiences and social conditions. The program fosters appreciation for diverse contributions to American culture, highlights the role that the arts can play in social transformation and helps to create a sustainable musical community.
The 2012 season featured 10 youth performances with performers ranging from 10-18 years old. The youth artists were mentored by our sound and production staff as well as the headlining act on all the 'behind the scenes' activities required in programming a high quality concert. They were also given constructive feedback at the end of their set from sound engineers, bands and the Mountain Town Music staff. These students received an amazing opportunity to play for an appreciative audience on the same stage as musical icons such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson performed. This unique opportunity helped solidify a passionate pursuit of the arts by our community's young musicians.
Students were exposed to the history of jazz music as well as Fred's experiences growing up as an African American in New Orleans.View Pictures Of McPolin Performance View Pictures Of Parley's Park Elementary Performance
Students were exposed to the various instruments used to perform celtic music as well as the background of various traditional celtic tunes.View Pictures Of Parley's Park Elementary Performance
Students were exposed to the various “handcrafted" traditional middle eastern instruments and were engaged in playing each of the instruments.