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2013 Winter Choral Concerts:
"In the Bleak Midwinter"
December 17th and 19th, 7:00pm Acalanes Performing Arts Center
The 12/17 Concert will feature: Chorale, Women’s Octet, Innuendos, C.A.P. , Concert Choir (performing the Magnificat with harpsichord and strings), and Bella Voce with a set that features two movements form Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and a stunning piece by Bay Area Composer , Frank LaRocca.
The 12/19 Concert will feature Chorale and the co-curricular groups with Women’s Ensemble and Chamber Singers and special guests, the “Nothing But Treble” Honor choir comprised of 5th and 6th graders from the Lafayette Elementary and Middle schools.
Casting for our production of Guys and Dolls March 6,7 and 8, 2014 has been completed and we start production next week with a read through and music rehearsals. Blocking rehearsals begin the Monday we come back from Winter Break.
The continued growth of our program relies on word of mouth and communication. Please talk to friends who have students in our school who are not in our program, or those with students coming to our school and encourage them to get their children involved in Choral Music by telling them the benefits your children receive by being a part of the Arts.
ADVOCACY for THE ARTS
January is the time of year when students are deciding which classes to take next year. With the competition for college admissions at an all time high, a strong foundation in the arts while you're in high school can give you the edge you need to get into the college of your choice.
Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of Arts Education:
The benefits of student learning experiences in the arts are:
I. Academic • Reading and Language Skills • Mathematics Skills
II. Basic • Thinking Skills • Social Skills • Motivation to Learn
III. Comprehensive • Positive School Environment
"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to
create." President Barack Obama
Benefits of Arts Education
• Student involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased
standardized test scores, greater involvement in community service and lower
• Arts education fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and
• Students who attend schools where the arts were integrated into classroom
curriculum outperform their peers in math and reading who did not have an artsintegrated
Creativity and Innovation
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
• 1,500 CEOs surveyed by IBM ranked creativity as the most important leadership
quality they are looking for in their workers.
• One out of six jobs in Southern California is now in the creative industries; and the
creative economy is the second largest regional business sector.
• Multiple independent studies have shown increased years of
enrollment in arts courses are positively correlated with higher
SAT verbal and math scores. High school students who take arts
classes have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students
who take no arts classes.
So what are the arts good for?
In 2007, Hetland and Winner published a book, Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Art Education, that is so far one of the most rigorous studies of what the arts teach. Working in high school art classes, they found that arts programs teach a specific set of thinking skills rarely addressed elsewhere in the school curriculum—what they call “studio habits of mind.” One key habit was “learning to engage and persist,” meaning that the arts teach students how to learn from mistakes and press ahead, how to commit and follow through
The Importance of Arts Education
Knowing and practicing the arts disciplines are fundamental to the healthy development of children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization--ours included--the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term "education." We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts. There are many reasons for this assertion:
- The arts are worth studying simply because of what they are. Their impact cannot be denied. Throughout history, all the arts have served to connect our imaginations with the deepest questions of human existence: Who am I? What must I do? Where am I going? Studying responses to those questions through time and across cultures--as well as acquiring the tools and knowledge to create one's own responses--is essential not only to understanding life but to living it fully.
- The arts are used to achieve a multitude of human purposes: to present issues and ideas, to teach or persuade, to entertain, to decorate or please. Becoming literate in the arts helps students understand and do these things better.
- The arts are integral to every person's daily life. Our personal, social, economic, and cultural environments are shaped by the arts at every turn--from the design of the child's breakfast placemat, to the songs on the commuter's car radio, to the family's night-time TV drama, to the teenager's Saturday dance, to the enduring influences of the classics.
- The arts offer unique sources of enjoyment and refreshment for the imagination. They explore relationships between ideas and objects and serve as links between thought and action. Their continuing gift is to help us see and grasp life in new ways.
- There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the attitudes, characteristics, and intellectual skills required to participate effectively in today's society and economy. The arts teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem, and foster the thinking skills and creativity so valued in the workplace. They teach the importance of teamwork and cooperation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work, and high levels of achievement.
- The U.S. Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.”
- Participating in fine arts such as band, choir, or drama will communicate that you are a well-rounded individual with a creative side, and that you have multiple ways of expressing yourself.