From May 1-5, 2017, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) invites students to attend their Musical Explorers concerts, which present Falu Shah (Indian music), Gino Castillo (salsa) and Heidi Bindhammer (art song) at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. each day at the Lucas Theatre. Nearly 11,000 local K-2 students are expected to attend.
In the past years, SMF has introduced students and teachers to new musical styles through curriculum guides, an interactive website, teacher trainings and classroom exercises, which integrate music into general classroom studies. The year-round music education program was developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), and is offered free of charge to all participants.
Musical Explorers serves public, private and homeschooled students in urban and rural settings across Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Beaufort Counties. With 54 area schools now participating, 79% of students attend Title 1 schools and 85% are eligible for Free and Reduced School Meals.
Students and teachers who participate in Musical Explorers experience:
• A significant increase in math scores (MCLASS) for students whose classroom teachers participated in the professional development workshops offered at the beginning of each semester
• An increase in reading (DIBELS) scores for students whose classroom teachers participated in the workshops
• An improvement in classroom conduct
• Noteworthy increases in instructional best practices, especially in math and science, for teachers integrating Musical Explorers into their classrooms up to two hours per week
• A significant increase in job satisfaction for teachers integrating Musical Explorers into their classrooms up to two hours per week
For more information about Musical Explorers, or to attend one of next week’s concerts, go to musicalexplorers.savannahmusicfestival.org or contact the SMF marketing team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-234-3378.