Yearlong Arts Learning Residencies

Our yearlong arts learning residency programs bring weekly, sequential, workshops, and performance opportunities to students at risk. All programs:

  • build artistic skills, revealing new talent and affinities.
  • develop transferable social-emotional skills from listening and collaboration to patience and time management
  • culminate in showcase performances that allow students to cement and demonstrate learning, gaining a tremendous feeling of accomplishment
  • are accessible and inclusive for students with special needs

2017-2018 partnerships include:

    • Lila G. Frederick Pilot Middle School School in Dorchester
    • New Mission High School in Hyde Park
    • Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester

Each of these schools has predominately Latin populations and are participating in residencies in Latin Percussion, sometimes with a Latin Dance component.

Our pilot program for these offerings, now in it’s second year was our B.E.A.T.S program at Sarah Greenwood:


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.

Each grade participates in yearlong residencies in Latin Percussion with a single instructor.  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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Thank to our sponsors, EdVestors Boston Arts Expansion Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.