Lights, Camera, Action!...TCS in the studio
Arts in education opens doors. Recently, that door led to the recording studio at the Palm Beach County Education Network where our 7th and 8th grade orchestra musicians were asked to record a special holiday show that will be aired on several local channels.
Experiences like these help shape our growing musicians, giving them exposure to the stage and the community. Our bands and orchestras have played at philanthropic events for our funders like Teamwork USA, at special events at the school district and even at the Kravis Center before performances of the New World Symphony and world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Over the years, our students have played in national festivals and been selected for both All County and All State band and orchestra. When music opens a door, our students have the skills, passion, and preparedness to shine.
Arts in education opens minds. When we provide space for students to grow and express their talents through the arts, they establish identity, find their strengths and pursue their passions. The arts give students a voice--they are no longer a herd of middle schoolers on a school field trip--they are musicians preparing for a performance, organizers packing supplies, leaders tuning their sections, thinkers setting up the optimal space, teammates collaborating and harmonizing. They are OWNERS of the work. They have purpose. Every student mattered in the studio. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Arts in education opens hearts. "You're making a difference." Education Network staff shared encouragement with the students that someone out their will watch this on TV and have "joy in her heart because of you guys!" Playing music together builds relationships. Our students learn to respect, listen, and give and receive feedback in their music classes because they share a goal of excellence. There is something special that happens when friends collaborate for a common cause and MAKE something beautiful together.
Families can watch the entire performance when it is aired locally on Comcast Channels 234 and 235, on AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and on the Education Network YouTube channel throughout the holiday season. If you just can't wait......here's a sneak peek: