Arts in Education 2015/2016 Season

With the new school year fast approaching, have you considered how you will engage your students in lively and fun arts activities?

From the Black Violin’s merger of hip hop and classical music to the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Doktor KaBoom’s exploration of the fundamentals of electrical energy, we have something for everyone!

For more information, please view our 2015/2016 brochure below.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our shows!

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Hansel and Gretel at Arts-in-Education!

Purchase College Opera
We are so happy to have had the Purchase College Opera conservatory perform Hansel and Gretel for our audiences!

The set, the lighting, the voices, the costumes, the orchestra! Everything was marvelous! We had about 1200 students attend the performances! Some students got the chance to have in school residencies with teaching artist Natalie Kikkenborg, a Purchase College Alum and 2 Opera performers, Robin Clifford, who played Hansel and Bronwyn White, who played Gretel. The students were able to learn abut the fairytale, different types of voices, orchestras and got to ask the performers questions right at their school before watching the performances at our Center!
One of the most common observation was ofcourse that Hansel is actually a boy! This is actually because she has more of a boy like voice, industry term: mezzo-soprano!

For more info on the Purchase College Opera please visit http://hansel-gretel.blogs.purchase.edu/

Julius Caesar and the fifth graders

Yesterday was an awesome day here in the office! King Street Elementary asked us to provide professional development and it went great! We had a group of teachers come who are challenging themselves and their students by putting on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with get this: 5th graders! The students are super excited, some stepping out of their comfort zones and exploring their voices and others channeling their energy into acting! Our very own education coordinator Ian Driver was able to take ideas from the rehearsal room floor of professional actors and adapt them to be used with the students. He knows: Shakespeare doesn’t have to be dry! It can be fun and easy to understand, if taught in the right way! 3 very important aspects to remember about yesterday: Tempo, Weight and Blocking. If explained to students, from the beginning, in a fun interactive way, they ease the production process immensely!

The teachers are doing a tremendous job and we can’t wait to see the final results of the production as well as the development of everyone involved! Good Luck!!

Remember: “We learn more about each other in an hour of play than a year of conversation” Plato.

-Dominique Schwenner AIE assitant