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Chancleta: Dance & Music by Sancocho
This Cuban art form is presented with a high level of student interaction. Students will learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. Students will learn the traditions rhythms as both dancers and drummers.
Choose Your Own Poetry Workshop with Bonnie Maurer...
Students will create original poems on their own or as a class. You can choose one of these popular topics –
Odes and Observation
Feelings about yourself
Friendly Letter Format
Poetry Cards & Games
Or meet with Bonnie to create a workshop based on your curriculum.
Christopher Columbus: the Shame in the Glory by Ha...
He failed; he succeeded. He’s considered a founding father but never landed in the USA. He is despised; he is loved. Should he be judged by the values of his time or by ours? This one-man interactive play is designed to heal wounds 500 years old. by recognizing that horrible crimes were committed and great feats accomplished.
Clay Adventures by Jude Odell
Students will be introduced to clay hand building techniques. Several projects can be adapted to suit your classroom’s needs. Teachers are responsible for firing or can inquire about other options.
Clogging & Fiddling by Fiddle 'n Feet
Accompanied by live fiddle music, students will explore patterns in dance and music via counting, moving, and singing. Students will learn clogging as they dance individually and with the group.
Comic Books for Comprehension by Jingo de la Rosa
Students will create their own page of a comic book that illustrates a descriptive sentence. By dissecting the nouns, verbs, and adjectives of the sentence, students will draw interesting illustrations from their own imagination.
Community Arts Classes
Community Arts Classes provide people of all ages and all abilities with the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of art forms. Our Community Arts Classes are led by our professional teaching artists, who guide students through the art-making process.
We offer two different types of classes.
Exploratory classes are for artists of all ages. With a guided lesson plan, students explore specific techniques in a variety of art forms to further their artistic abilities. Exploratory classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays.
Our dedicated class is for artists looking for less guidance. Working with teaching artists, students have the freedom to create individualized works of art. The dedicated class is offered on Tuesdays.
Community Social by Fiddle 'n Feet
An evening of social dances for the whole family to enjoy. No experience necessary! Students and parents can come together to participate in line, square, circle dances and more.
With a focus on the interdisciplinary dynamics between music, visual arts, and dance, students will participate as they learn about form, collaboration and critique.
As part of each American Pianists Awards competition, every finalist (5 per competition) completes a residency with a high school orchestra or jazz band. Residencies typically span the course of three days and culminate in a joint public performance with school musicians. Known as Concerto Curriculum, this program brings the beauty of world-class music to new audiences and non-traditional venues, provides pedagogical growth for developing artists and inspires new generations of young musicians.
Five schools are selected every competition year (future school years will be 2020-21 classical, 2022-23 jazz, 2024-25 classical, etc.).
Concerto Curriculum is produced at NO COST TO THE HOSTING SCHOOL.
Schools will apply the spring before each program begins. If your school is interested in hosting an APA finalist, please contact Milner Fuller, email@example.com.
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Conducting Fellowship provides one-of-a-kind professional mentorship opportunities for the next generation of choral conductors. Especially focusing on large-scale choral-orchestral masterworks, the Conducting Fellowship is a collaborative initiative between the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University, a 4,600-student liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The two-year Fellowship provides full tuition waiver and stipend. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have earned a M. M. in choral conducting from Butler University and gained practical and applied experience addressing artistic and administrative needs of a leading symphonic choirs.
The Conducting Fellowship provides a 360-degree experience in the guidance of a premiere symphonic chorus, including artist programming, development, communications, governance and outreach initiatives.
This performance will show students that even when they are afraid, there are ways that they can find courage. The actor will face his fear of storms using simple Shakespearean text and the power of language. Students will participate from their seats to create storm sounds.
Creative Dance by Melli Hoppe
Seasons, life cycles of plants and animals, feelings, and colors can all be used as inspiration for dance. Beginning with a warm-up that fosters creativity, Melli leads students in free movement exercises and then concludes with a movement activity that addresses classroom themes.
Crumpet the Trumpet by Fort Wayne Dance Collective...
Watch the enchanting musical tale of the award winning* children’s book, Crumpet the Trumpet, by Kristine Papillon come to life through movement! This multi-media production blends together a soundtrack of classical music, beautiful illustrations from the book, and dance, as Mrs. Trumpet tries to soothe baby Crumpet to sleep. This interactive show will have children creating their own unique movement for each different instrument, and give them the chance to touch and see live classical instruments up close.
Cultural Dance of West Africa
Ronne Stone will introduce students to traditional dance techniques and symbols of West Africa and participate in group and solo dance opportunities.
Dancing Through the Curriculum by Melli Hoppe
Basic elements of dance are taught, while students learn life skills such as focus, problem solving, and cooperation. Students work together to create a short dance. Speak with the artist to connect your workshop with a specific curricular topic.
Dancing Together: Building Life Skills Through Tra...
Traditional American dances provide an avenue to build a classroom community. These fun and easy to accomplish dance figures also reinforce the processes of patterning and sequential thinking, a crucial foundation for all academic learning. Teachers will learn to prompt these dances and get the tools to teach them.
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Decades of Dance
Students will try out the dance steps of any decade in 20th century U.S. history, from the Charleston to Street Dance. Through video excerpts, movement, and discussion, active learning can be incorporated into your social studies unit.
Developing Concentration and Cooperation Skills Th...
Researchers and educators agree on the importance of developing students’ abilities to concentrate and cooperate. As well, once a classroom is a safe environment where students feel like they belong, then higher order thinking can occur. When a teachers takes time to strengthen students’ concentration and cooperation skills, it helps to eliminate classroom threats, to build students’ trust within a group, and develop a culture of risk taking, persistence and collaboration. From circle time to morning meetings in the Responsive Classroom®, teachers are in search of ways to build a mutually supportive community with their students. Join Drama Teaching Artist, Kassie Misiewicz, as she shares strategies to incorporate drama improvisation games into the classroom to strengthen development of these important social emotional skills.
Eiteljorg Guides will give students a well-rounded orientation to the museum’s exhibitions and collections with highlights in the Western art, contemporary art and Native American galleries. Special exhibitions can also be included.
Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates’ New York Times bestseller comes to life on the Clowes stage in a fun-loving musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open his own bookstore. Dog decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers – everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales. His customers can’t help but get into the act, too! How could Dog’s bookstore not be a huge success? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your students by loving books with Dog and the loving the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.
With Lawrence Clark, students will learn the rudiments of jazz drumming technique, progressing from a verbal rhythm to body rhythm to instrumental music. Workshop compliments the “Jazz: The Art of Relationship” performance, and if scheduled together, students can participate in the performance.
Drum It Out!
Students will discover their own rhythm through evidence based active engagement in hand drumming and (RMM) recreational music making activities. Self-esteem, teamwork, active engagement, self-motivation, social skills, life skills, reading skills, self-respect, math skills, self-control, focus in a learning environment, respect for peers, creative self-expression are addressed.
E-Learning Children's Opera "The Tails of Cats and...
“The Tails of Cats and Mice” is an opera for young audiences based on stories from “Aesop’s Fables” set to music by famous opera composers. A Country Mouse has plans to see her cousin in the city, and needs help putting her suitcase together. Perhaps you can help her out. As soon as she’s ready, a Lion is waiting outside her door with a predicament: he has a thorn in his paw and needs help. Will she be brave enough to help him? Meanwhile, in the city, the City Mouse has problems of his own thanks to a Cat that won’t leave him alone. Perhaps he has an ingenious solution to his feline friend, but it will take a lot of bravery to pull it off.
This version of “The Tails of Cats and Mice” was based on a staged version that was sent out all over the state of Indiana as part of the Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist Program. Due to school closures caused by coronavirus, we devised this new version for your own home enjoyment. However, the original opera features a choice system that allows the audience to decide how the story goes mid-way.
Cast: Janese Pentico – Country Mouse
Alexander Henderson – Lion
Felipe Prado – City Mouse
Laura Zahn – Cat
Staff: Stage Director – Matt Cooksey
Musical Coach and Pianist – Andrew Pham
E-Learning Vocal Workshop: "Singing For Success"
Grades 6-12 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists provide a “Singing For Success” workshop series, designed to teach fundamental vocal techniques for middle school and high school students. This series is intended to be presented to choirs, and can be adapted to fit the specific requests of the choir director. Due to COVID-19 canceling these live presentations, we have provided these four videos as an example of how we teach the following topics:
Posture & Breathing: Alexander Henderson, baritone
Vocal Registration & Diction : Janese Pentico, soprano
Chest Voice & Broadway “Belting” : Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Passaggio : Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Interpretation & Artistry : Felipe Prado, tenor
E-learning: Vedem, a Holocaust Opera
Grades 5-9 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: Vedem is part of our Brundibar & Vedem Project, originally scheduled for April 2020, now postponed until the 2020-2021 season. This production celebrates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe, focusing specifically on the camp near Prague called Terezin, or Terezienstadt. Brundibar was written by the Jewish Czech composer Hans Krasa in 1938, and was performed by children in the camp for visiting dignitaries, including the Red Cross, as part of the Nazi propaganda effort. Vedem was written by American composer Lori Laitman in 2010, and tells the story of the boys living in the same room in Terezin who maintained a secret underground newspaper called “Vedem” throughout their imprisonment. These three excerpts from Vedem describe the thoughts and feelings of the captive children of Terezin.
Felipe Prado, tenor
Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Pham, piano
The Brundibar & Vedem Project provides an incredible opportunity to share this important historical event, as experienced through the perspectives of children. We are offering educational programming as part of this Project, including school performances of Brundibar and supplementary curriculum guides, with generous assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
Early Childhood School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections.
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore the space including real objects and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Our outreach program brings a piece of the exhibit to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Preschool Journeys at the museum are 1 hour 15 min. in length. Outreach programs are 1 hour in length. In-museum cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions.
Playing with Patterns
October 1 – December 21, 2018
After exploring Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands on projects. They will not only become engineers with building blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.
More than a Box
October 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering — an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the gallery as well as a story time. Next its hands-on experiments and collaboration on STEAM based projects.
Colors and Textures
February 18 – June 21, 2019
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures,
and be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.
Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice
Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Next, students will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.
Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.
Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will be able to explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, “Who Makes the Sunrise?”, they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM based activities and collaborate on a large art project.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Essentials of Musical Theatre
Turn on that spotlight!
What are the essential components of performing Musical Theatre? Singing, Acting, and Dancing, of course! This class will bring to light and strengthen these essentials giving students a solid platform on which they can begin to develop strong technique in all three areas. Whether you’ve been in a show or just danced around the living room with a pretend microphone in your hand, this class will refine skills and encourage the discipline necessary to become a triple-threat! Essentials is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the upper level Musical Theatre classes.
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