The Music in Schools (MIS) Outreach Program is in its 26th year of providing widely varied musical enrichment to underserved students in Seattle Public schools. MIS coordinates programming provided by LMC members, other local professional musicians and a long-established partnership with the University of Washington’s Meany Center for the Performing Arts which arranges for school residencies featuring the internationally acclaimed and culturally diverse performers who appear on the Meany stage.
During the 2016-17 school year MIS is providing support to:
• John Muir Elementary, a culturally diverse school in the Ranier Valley/Mount Baker neighborhood
• Licton Springs K-8, in Seattle’s North End which combines a Native-centered curriculum with the former Pinehurst school’s experience-based, multicultural, social justice education
• Lowell Elementary, on Capitol Hill, which focuses on each individual student’s learning needs, and encourages them to reach his or her potential intellectually, physically, and emotionally
• Sand Point Elementary, in Northeast Seattle, has 282 students who speak 22 different home languages, and a robust English Language Learning program among its other academic offerings. Additionally, in response to a funding emergency at Sandpoint Elementary, LMC provided full time music instruction for K/1/2 classes
• Sanislo Elementary, a part of the South Delridge neighborhood for more than 40 years, is now enrolling second-generation students and prides itself on family involvement, while its open plan architecture fosters a dedication to collective, community based learning.
In addition to working with these schools, MIS is an ongoing sponsor of the student chorus at BF Day Elementary School in the Fremont neighborhood, and not only funded the chorus director’s salary and ancillary expenses, but also provided transportation for the students to attend the her pipe organ/music history presentation of the History of Western Music at Plymouth Congregational Church.
At Washington Middle School, MIS provided liaison for a creative Master Class with Orchestra and Band Ensembles featuring the DeCoda Ensemble with Saeunn Thorsteindottir, of the University of Washington’s School of Music.
Programming offered at our partner schools includes:
- Seattle Historical Arts for Kids – Colonial-era music with participatory dance for 4th and 5th graders
- African/American Heritage Duo
- Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc. (aka NOISE) — Performance of The Telephone
- Show Brazil (Eduardo Mendonça) – Brazilian Rhythms workshop
- Gansango (Etienne Capko) – Drumming and Dancing Instruction with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades
- Hilary Field, LMC Guitarist, with 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
- Radost Slavic Folk Ensemble
- Philharmonic Wind Quintet — Assembly performance Peter and the Wolf with student narrators —
- Dina Blade and Canote Brothers — 2 sessions of folk dance for 2nd and 3rd grades
- Toucans Steel Drum Band — Assembly Performance
In partnership with the UW Meany Center for the Performing Arts:
- SO Percussion Group (in partnership with UW World Series) – Student attendance at Meany Matinee, plus one-on-one workshop afterwards
- Martha Redbone (in partnership with UW World Series)
- Native American/Blues fusion performances in the school
- Daedalus String Quartet — workshop sessions with K, 1, and 2 students
In all, during the past school year, more than 7,000 student contacts were made in five schools, through performances, interactive student participation, the student choir, collaboration with Meany Center, and other programming opportunities.