B.E.A.T.S. at Sarah Greenwood School


lpnogongB.E.A.T.S. is a weekly, year-long arts learning residency that provides direct arts instruction to 73 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at the Sarah Greenwood School, a dual-lingual, under-served school in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, whose students lacked access to arts learning during school time. The program is designed to build upon existing musical interests to foster community through both intra- and inter-grade collaboration, to create vertical pathways towards artistic mastery and to engage students through multiple means of instruction and engagement.

k1700039Each gradeparticipates in yearlong residencies in Latin Percussion with a single instructor. Additional YAMA teaching artists co-lead 6-week special units on art forms complimenting student learning in percussion such Afro-Latin dance and choral singing.  All residencies consist of sequential sessions leading toward mid-year and end-of-year culminating performances, teach and reinforce music fundamentals, and present art forms within their cultural contexts.

All students:

  • Learn basic music literacy (reading notation, recognizing styles, identifying key elements)
  • Build skills in performing a variety of percussive music
  • Express themselves creatively
  • Collaborate effectively with their peers on a long-term creative project

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This program was awarded funding from EdVestor’s Boston Arts Expansion Fund for its launch and expansion.