Some recent highlights of our work include:
Santa Monica, California
Connexionarts completed the third level of program design, and the program implementation manual, for the GRAMMY Foundation's Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning. Connexionarts also created training materials for use in Bernstein schools across America, and has assisted in the implementation of all three levels of the new program design, including training of Bernstein personnel, teacher training, and materials facilitation.
Connexionarts led the development of ArtsAware, a state-wide arts education partnership initiative with Delaware schools, for the Delaware Symphony and OperaDelaware. Connexionarts guided the implementation of the blueprint, providing services in teacher training, artist training, and curriculum development from fourth through seventh grades.
Connexionarts provides consultation services for Dr. Sue Snyder, IDEAS and the ECHO Consortium, and Total Literacy™ Institutes. Developed in conjunction with the Connecticut HOT Schools (Higher Order of Thinking), Total Literacy™ is an approach for emergent readers which builds understanding and skills in music, visual art, movement, and language arts. Connexionarts also provided strategic planning and facilitation services for the first train-the-trainer institute in the summer of 2004.
Napa Valley, California
Connexionarts designed and implemented arts-infused curriculum for the Napa Valley Symphony's Youth Concert program, a project which has now expanded to include first, third, and fifth grades across the Napa region. Connexionarts also develops Family Concert Guides, and provides symphony training sessions for Napa teachers, and ongoing development services in curriculum and strategic planning.
Connexionarts led the development of an arts-infused curriculum for the Pasadena Symphony's TEMPO! Program, a partnership involving twelve schools from the Pasadena Unified School District. TEMPO! recently received a Recognition of Merit from the PUSD. Connexionarts also facilitated the implementation of the curriculum and is providing ongoing assistance with program revision, teacher training, assessment, and strategic planning.
Corning, New York
Connexionarts joined with Corning-Elmira Musical Arts in the implementation of Music Laboratory. This innovative middle-school partnership brought students and professional musicians together to develop and produce a chamber concert for their peers. Connexionarts provided on-going teacher training and curriculum development services for the project.
New York, New York
Connexionarts led a seminar on developing education programs for orchestras at the American Symphony Orchestra League's Orchestra Leadership Academy held recently in New York. Connexionarts was also active at the ASOL's annual conference in Seattle Washington in June 2001, and presented a day-long seminar titled Creating Curriculum Materials. The practical, hands-on seminar was designed to assist orchestra educators in the development of curriculum materials, both for sequential education programs and for one-time education events.
In 2003 and 2004 Connexionarts developed the teacher and student materials for the National Arts Centre's Mozart and Vivaldi resource kits. The kits are distributed to every elementary school in Canada, and are made available on the NAC's website. Connexionarts also provided consultation on content, design, and layout, and advised on the development of the innovative Music Bridge project, which connects students in distant communities with NAC conductor Pinchas Zukerman in a stimulating "real time" session.
Connexionarts provided contributing writers for the creation of interdisciplinary arts units for the Elementary Unit Project Phase II, for the Ministry of Education and Training. The units were designed with the Ministry's Curriculum Unit Planner software and are used by teachers across Ontario.
Connexionarts acts as education consultant to the internationally renowned Tafelmusik, Baroque Orchestra, providing curriculum linked to education concert repertoire, teacher workshops, and consulting services. Spring 2005 will see the creation of a curriculum for fourth through eighth grades based on Tafelmusik¹s multicultural Metamorphosis education concert.
Connexionarts has led Total Literacy™ workshops in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, and Ontario since September, 2000. Workshops are offered in conjunction with the provincial chapters of CMEA, the Canadian Music Educators Association.