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  • Dion says hello. We are honored to be here for being recognized as Best Community for Music Education in America Michael says hello.
  • Michael Jordan This year, teachers and school district administrators, representing communities across the country, participated in the web-based survey. The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria as well as public support of their music programs. The survey was developed and administered by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, an affiliate of the University of Kansas. Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and advisory organizations reviewed the data. 1 0f 20 school districts in PA to receive the award.
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  • Dion Betts Show Choir – Selected to perform at the MENC All-Eastern Conference in April. One of two high school choirs from 11 states
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  • Michael Jordan Volunteers children graduated years ago in many cases.
  • Dion Betts The support provided by the district to the music staff in regards to professional development that is useful and specific to our needs has been tremendous Symposium open to other districts.
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  • Dion Betts Those in the league in the audience please stand if there are lots
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  • Michael Jordan – Thank you for this opportunity. Thank Keri Shultz and the entire Reading Musical Foundation for supporting our students and programs Dion Betts – Any questions?
  • BASD Music Presentation

    1. 1. Music in Boyertown Dion Betts, Ed.D., Superintendent Michael Jordan, Lead Teacher for Fine Arts To Enable All Students to Succeed in a Changing World
    2. 2. <ul><li>How Did We Win the Award? </li></ul><ul><li>Indicators used in the national survey: </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Music class participation </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction time </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Support for the music program </li></ul><ul><li>Community support and involvement </li></ul>
    3. 3. Our Music Program at a Glance Serving 7,000 Students, One Student at a Time
    4. 4. Student Music & Theater Participation *The totals may include the same students involved in more than one activity. 1638* 1061 577 Total 73 73 n/a Vocal Ensemble 30 n/a 30 Treble Singers 171 106 65 Orchestra 12 n/a 12 String Quartet 56 30 26 String Ensemble 123 82 41 Show Choir 12 n/a 12 Senior Class Play 260 135 125 Musicals 185 110 75 Marching Band 55 23 32 Jazz Ensemble 421 286 135 Concert Choir 208 208 n/a Chorus 7 16 n/a 16 Chamber Choir 16 8 8 Band Front Junior High Senior High Total Level
    5. 5. <ul><li>General Music </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom instruction 1x per week, Kindergarten every other week. </li></ul><ul><li>Orff instruments, tone chimes, percussion instruments, recorders, singing </li></ul><ul><li>Grade level programs in each building that involve EVERY student in a speaking or singing part (1 to 2 per school) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rock and Roll show with every student in a grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>has a part in the show </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a memorable musical experience </li></ul><ul><li>at each level of instruction </li></ul>Elementary Music - Grades 1-6
    6. 6. <ul><li>Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal Ensembles - Auditioned </li></ul><ul><li>A Culture of Singers . One trend: more males than what is typically found in school districts. Lots of male sopranos. </li></ul><ul><li>Chorus – All students have an opportunity to participate in chorus. Close to 70% of students participate in chorus (5th & 6th chorus). </li></ul>Elementary Music - Grades 1-6
    7. 7. <ul><li>Instrumental </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a culture of musicians, which has led to excellent participation in the elementary instrumental program </li></ul><ul><li>Small group lessons once per week with a large ensemble rehearsal every other week </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Orchestra – grades 3 and 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Orchestra – grades 5 and 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Band – grades 4 and 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Band – grades 5 and 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz Ensemble </li></ul>Elementary Music - Grades 1-6
    8. 8. Junior High Music – Grades 7 - 9 <ul><li>General Music Class </li></ul><ul><li>Moving towards a performance-based class where students experience and </li></ul><ul><li>create music rather than listen and analyze. </li></ul><ul><li>Orchestra & Band </li></ul><ul><li>Both ensembles meet every other day for 40 minutes. Students also </li></ul><ul><li>receive a small group lesson once per cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>Orchestra is one ensemble for grades 7-9. Also an auditioned Select </li></ul><ul><li>Ensemble which combines students from both East and West. 4-5 performances each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Marching Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Concert Band </li></ul><ul><li>Band – one ensemble for grades 7-9. 7-8 performances each year. East and West Junior High School bands frequently combine. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Junior High Music – Grades 7 - 9 <ul><li>Chorus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chorus for 7 th grade which meets in 3-4 sections (about 30 students) 120 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concert Choir for 8 th & 9 th grade in two sections (meets twice per cycle) ~ 200 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show Choir - An auditioned ensemble (meets twice per cycle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Musicals – Full scale productions – 65 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A number of students are in band, orchestra, concert choir, and show choir. Sometimes up to 10 periods of music per cycle (6 day rotation)! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Keyboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Students have an opportunity to learn basic keyboarding skills. Helps to bring in some of the students that would not be in a traditional performing ensemble. </li></ul><ul><li>AP Music Theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning the foundations of harmony, melody ear training, and composition in preparation for the AP music exam. </li></ul></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    11. 11. <ul><li>Choir </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s Choir </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concert Choir – PMEA twice in the past 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show Choir – Selected to perform at the MENC All-Eastern Division Conference in April. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber Choir – An auditioned ensemble of 10-12 students </li></ul></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    12. 12. <ul><li>Symphony Orchestra </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select Ensemble, String Ensemble </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concert Band – 4 performances annually </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz Ensemble – Performed at MENC All Eastern Convention in 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Performing at the PMEA convention in April (1 of 2 high school jazz ensembles). 10 performances annually. </li></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    13. 13. <ul><li>International Performing Arts Tour – every 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>April 2012 will be the 14th tour to Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg </li></ul><ul><li>225 students – open to all students in music groups </li></ul><ul><li>Also an Observer Tour which includes parents, school board members, and other members of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Performed at the Vatican, Rome, Florence, Siena, Verona. Romania (during communism), England, Belgium, France, and Germany, festivals </li></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    14. 14. <ul><li>Marching Unit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>17 performances a year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cavalcades – recent state champion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    15. 15. <ul><li>Musical Productions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large scale production that involves nearly 100 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Musical Cast, Stage Crew, Pit Orchestra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many community volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costumers, set designers, pit orchestra members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stage crew (own culture) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>West Side Story, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast </li></ul></ul>Senior High Music – Grades 10 - 12
    16. 16. Continuous Professional Development <ul><li>Lead Teacher for Fine Arts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe curriculum in action, Constantly working towards a unified curriculum across all buildings. Provides the materials that are necessary to teach the curriculum as it has been developed by the teachers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also coordinates international tour and all events related to district fine arts activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer Symposium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With well known experts in the field of music education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John Feierabend </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanna Longden </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Boonshaft </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Other Indicators of Success Large number of performing ensembles Low attrition rate from year to year Many students have gone on to careers in music (~ 15 per year) A number of former students are currently teaching in the district!
    18. 18. Community Support
    19. 19. Reading Musical Foundation Support and encouragement of individual students: Use of world class instruments Private instruction Scholarships to universities Performance opportunities
    20. 20. Boyertown Area Music League Music parent organization that supports the music programs K-12 This is unique in that many Booster organizations are geared towards supporting one ensemble or one building
    21. 21. The Cavalcade of Bands Arlen Saylor Mr. Saylor hosted the first Cavalcade of Bands competition in September 1959. He did a tremendous amount to promote the Cavalcade of Bands in its infancy and won championships in 1959,1963, and 1964. He taught at Boyertown HS from 1955-1985.
    22. 22. A Fantastic Community Tradition of Involvement The Alumni Band – Has existed for over 30 years. Many graduates have continued to perform with this ensemble in local parades and in the annual Winter and Spring concerts. The Director’s Band – A community jazz ensemble that includes many current and former Boyertown band directors. Performances at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, the Jazz Base, and other community venues. Students have an opportunity to sit-in with this group during rehearsals and performances, providing a semi-professional experience.
    23. 23. Did You Know? Boyertown Opera House Thriving theater until it burned down in 1908 taking 170 lives.
    24. 24. <ul><li>Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Band (Trombone & pit), County, District, Region, and All-State Choir, Orchestra (bass), piano soloist, accompanies the choir, lead in the musical, National Merit Finalist, AP Theory, AP everything (5) this term, 800 math SATs, and also a member of the Golf Team. </li></ul>Alex
    25. 25. Orchestra and Concert Choir throughout high school. The high school performed West Side Story and needed some tough-looking guys to be in the “gangs.” He was encouraged to audition, made the cast, and absolutely loved it! Provided full scholarship to Kutztown University to play football. He quit the team because it interfered with Orchestra rehearsal. Aaron
    26. 26. Ralph Meitzler Former BASH student who recently made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages .
    27. 27. We Take Music Seriously
    28. 28. finale For a copy of this presentation, email Michael Jordan at: [email_address]