Music Matters had a great time at Light Up the Night on Friday, November 22, 2019! The weather was forecast to be very chilly, but it turned out to be a beautiful night to get into the holiday spirit!
In early November students at all four Burlington Area School District elementary schools were transformed from landlubbers into respectable pirates! Opera For the Young (OFTY) presented The Pirates of Penzance at all the schools though a funding partnership between Music Matters, Inc. and the PTO of each school. This partnership has made OFTY presentations possible at BASD schools for the past seven years.
OFTY is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Madison, WI dedicated to encouraging enthusiasm for opera among children and young adults by conducting school-based performances which involve the students in the production instead of simply as members of the audience. They also provide professional opportunities for artists, create new works that are intended for young audiences, and through their activities increase access to opera in the community.
In preparation for the program, OFTY provided teaching materials for all classes. This year, the third grade students learned The Pirates of Penzance script and music. The the rest of the school was introduced to the characters and story. Therefore, on the day of the performance, all of the students were already familiar with the story, characters, music, and could be highly engaged with the cast from OFTY. In addition, everyone could participate by dressing as a pirate on the day of the performance.
The following pictures are from Cooper School.
The students, staff, and parents of Cooper Elementary School were treated to the culture and rhythms of Asia on Monday, March 18, 2019. The Montessori Level 1, 2 and 3 students worked for many weeks learning songs, culture, music, and instruments from Vietnam, China, Japan, and Korea.
Sahee Chang, a teaching artist and local drummer who works in the Milwaukee area schools, came to Cooper to teach the children the various fun rhythms in Korean Drumming and how to perform together.
Saehee is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Korean traditional drumming and recently won a prestigious grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board as a Master Teacher for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. When she is not teaching drumming, she serves as a Korean Culture and Educational Consultant and teaches classes on Korean cooking.
This was all made possible when Mrs. Sally Carlson, music teacher at Cooper School, applied to Music Matters, Inc. for a grant of $1300 to bring Sahee to Burlington.
We had a great time at the Burlington Home & Garden Show this past weekend. Our Tootsie Pop Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownies won 4th place in the Brownies and Bars category of the chocolate contest. We enjoyed meeting with local businesses, seeing several of our supporters, and making new friends.