Music Residency

The music that students perform or study becomes an integral part of their personal musical repertoire. Composing and improvising provides students with unique insight into the form and structure of music and at the same time helps them to develop their creativity. Broad experience with a variety of music is necessary if students are to make informed musical judgments. Similarly, this breadth of background enables them to begin to understand the connections and relationships between music and other disciplines. By understanding the cultural and historical forces that shape social attitudes and behaviors, students are better prepared to live and work in communities that are increasingly multicultural. The role that music will play in students’ lives depends in large measure on the level of skills they achieve in creating, performing, and listening to music.

Next Monday, Oct 9 through Nov 16 we welcome renowned, local blues musician Ellen Whyte to Springwater for a music residency.  Ellen will be providing instruction in creating, performing, listening to, and analyzing music.  Each class will learn about the history of jazz and blues, compose an original song, and perform the song in our 1st All School concert on November 16 at 6pm at the Jackson Campus auditorium.  This is an evening you will not want to miss.