Two members of Dream Sounds Project recently performed at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School for fourth- and fifth-graders.
Professional musicians Alyssa Anderson and Joe Spoelstra were at WHA School Nov. 7 not only to perform, but to talk about music, composers and instruments as well. They have teaching experience in addition to experience performing throughout the region and the nation.
The program is part of Classical MPR’s Class Notes program, which brings Minnesota-based artists to schools across Minnesota so that elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to learn about and experience live music. Class Notes seeks to create authentic and transformative experiences, inspiring creativity and supplementing the limited music education most schools provide. At a time when resources continue to be reduced, the Class Notes program fills a gap in arts education.
To ensure a focused, educational student experience, Classical MPR and the Class Notes Artists collaborate to create curriculum that reflects the performance content and supports the Minnesota standards for arts education. This curriculum is provided to music teachers in advance of the visit and is easily accessible via the Music for Learning section of the Classical MPR web site.
Class Notes 2018-2019 will travel to towns and cities statewide. At least 22,000 students will experience a performance and classroom visit during the school year. Classical MPR works to reach as many corners of the state as possible and this year is no exception.
Of the 122 locations that Class Notes Artists visit, 62 are in Greater Minnesota with the remaining in the seven-county metro area.