The Visual Arts component will teach students the skills to work with different media to create their own artwork to be displayed in an art exhibition. Students will participate in the art process by creating and learning about at the cultural importance of the Visual Arts.
Dance and Movement Therapy is an expressive therapy used to help people with social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. The Dance Therapist facilitates movement activities to strengthen communication skills, positive self- concept, and emotional development. Students will learn the process of performing, collaborating with others, participating to accomplish posture alignment, and dynamic movement to reduce stress and anxiety through expression, breath, and natural body movement.
The Music Therapy aspect will include local musicians to facilitate musical education activities including singing in pitch with rhythmic patterns, performing tempos, and improvising and composing rhythms in harmony. Elementary, Middle, and High Students will learn from professional musicians to sing their original songs, Appalachian and American folk songs.
Students will be introduced to the saxophone, trombone, electric guitar, mandolin, drumming, harmonica and other percussion instruments. The musicians will mentor the students in teaching them how to compose, choreograph, and perform music while creating a sense of community.
The cooperative learning activities will enhance the students’ leadership skills, self-discipline, and problem solving.
Students are taught to create rhythm patterns, original music, and learn the lyrics of the band’s songs. Then, they will practice the lyrics and perform with the musicians.