This week, nearly 11,000 local K-2 students are attending Savannah Music Festival’s (SMF) Musical Explorers concerts, which present Eric Culberson Band (blues), McIntosh County Shouters (ring shout) and Rebecca Flaherty (opera). Over the past three years, SMF has introduced students and teachers to eighteen musical styles through curriculum guides, an interactive website, teacher trainings and classroom exercises that help 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. SMF’s Musical Explorers focuses specifically on the diverse musical communities of the southeastern US. The remaining concerts are December 6-8 at 10:15am and 12:15pm each day.
Musical Explorers serves public, private and homeschooled students in urban and rural settings across Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Beaufort Counties.
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. There was also 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; and a significant increase in job satisfaction for teachers integrating Musical Explorers into their classrooms up to two hours per week.
For more info about Musical Explorers, or to attend one of this week’s concerts, please contact Ryan McMaken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912.234.3378 x104.