Kahlil Gibran wrote “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” If that is so, why are music programs vanishing from our Title 1 schools. The definition of a Title 1 school is at least 40% of the student population is eligible for a free or reduced lunch program. Look around at our schools. Most music programs get their funding from boosters. If the majority of the students meet Title 1 guidelines, how can parents support music and other extracurricular activities?
That is where The Village will make the difference. In addition to the schools (or lack of), there are loads of opportunities to expose our children to music but sometimes we need to know where to look. Let’s start with the Carver Community Cultural Center originally the San Antonio Colored Library. The Carver offers the following:
Saturday Semester Series. An 8 week cadre of classes begins Saturday, September 29, 2018 and tuition is as low as $10 based on eligibility.
The Youth Matinee Series begins Friday, October 19 at 11:00 AM and admission is FREE.
The first artist residency is November 7 with Charlotte Blake Alston. This is FREE and open to school classes or programs.
For more information on these programs contact Andrew Gordon, (210) 207-2719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Antonio Symphony is another low cost music experience. This weekend’s Star Wars: A New Hope will play on the big screen while the orchestra plays the Oscar-winning score by John Williams and conducted by African American Conductor André Raphel.
You can attend a FREE open rehearsal for the performance Friday, September 28,10:00 AM at the Tobin Center. Registration is required at https://sasymphony.org/education/open-rehearsals/.
The Symphony has a number of free open rehearsals. The schedule is available at sasymphony.org.
African American Mezzo Soprano Veronica Williams, a San Antonio native and the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence makes her debut October 12 with the Symphony. See her for free at an open rehearsal or pick up performance tickets at the box office for as low as $19.00 with promo code FAMILY. (You can always catch the free open rehearsal.)
The Russell Hill Rogers String Residency Master Class, Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 is FREE for violinists. Registration is required.
This season’s Family Concert is at the Laurie Auditorium, Sunday, October 28. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.
16 FREE performances for “Young People” begin December 12, 2018. These performances are specifically for 3rd to 5th graders. Registration is required at https://sasymphony.org/concerts-events/young-peoples-concert-series/
These are just a few options of diverse musical and cultural experiences for our youth. How can we translate these opportunities to our village and our village schools? This edition’s challenge could be an answer?
(Choose at least one and share the outcome on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/210observer)
Share and support one young person to participate in one of these events.
Share and support an educator to involve their classroom in one of the above activities.
Support your local school’s music program by giving a donation directly to the program.
Let’s work together to share music: the secret of life, bring peace and abolish strife to our youth.
Blessings and Peace,