Music in the Schools finishes successful season in Summit County
During the winter season, the Breckenridge Music Festival’s educational outreach program Music in the Schools takes classical and traditional performing arts experiences to regional students, to expand and enrich the arts curriculum in the schools.Studies show that arts education is a critical component of educational excellence for children. Musical participation has been proven to nourish the creative process and develop creative problem-solving skills that transfer into all areas of learning. At the same time, bringing the enjoyment of arts into young lives through the Music in the Schools program helps the Breckenridge Music Festival cultivate the next generation of music audiences and arts patrons.The Breckenridge Music Festival’s visiting Winter Concert Series artists assist Music in the Schools by presenting workshops for students in the band, orchestra, choral and musical theatre classes in regional middle and high schools. Music in the Schools also presents school-wide performance assemblies including jazz, opera and dance, specially crafted to teach while they entertain their elementary and middle-school-aged listeners.Performance assemblies this season have included productions by Peter Cooper & The Marimba Trio, the Michael Friedman Jazz Quintet, David Taylor Dance Theatre and by Opera Colorado. Workshop performances have been given by violin and clarinet faculty from the University of New Mexico, by vocalists from New York and Boston and by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Harpist and Percussionist.Between January 12 and May 3, 2010, Music in the Schools will have presented 23 workshops, master classes and performances in the elementary, middle and high schools of Summit, Grand and Park counties, with well over 3,000 regional school children attending.Breckenridge Music Festival’s Music in the Schools is assisted by grants from The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier-Williams Advised Fund.
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