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PERFORMING ARTS REVIVAL

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Bob Beeching (robprod)
Sat, 17 Jul 1999 11:31:22 -0700


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revival in the performing arts.

In the latter part of the 1990s, we see American Youth exchanging rock =
concerts for ballroom dancing. From New York to California the =
resurgence of Swing, where teen-agers are jitterbugging to Duke =
Ellington compositions, is popping up with a vengeance. Due to the =
teaching efforts of Winton Marsales, young music instructors are =
learning to revive the - almost - forgotten art of playing scored Jazz =
arrangements with high school student bands. Departments of physical =
education are once again teaching ballroom dancing, and rural schools =
are leading the way.

Yo Yo Ma is contributing his musical expertise to the playing of =
classical music at both the elementary and secondary levels of =
instruction, and the Harlem School of the Arts, established by soprano =
Dorothy Maynor in 1964, is, today, serving some 3,000 students from =
elementary through high school grades. Under-privileged children take =
regular instruction in music, dance, art, and theater, because, as the =
director states: "The arts in public school education are more or less =
window dressing." There are also night classes for youth that hold day =
jobs, and who want to pursue careers in the visual and performing arts.

Schools, as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, are =
catering more and more to public school teachers who are spending their =
summers picking up on what they had either missed out on or were denied =
during teacher training.

"Classes in interpretive dance and music production add immeasurably to =
my teaching inventory, states one elementary school teacher, affording =
me the opportunity to add several new dimensions to self-expression. =
Other teachers take classes in dramatic play and theater arts in order =
to augment their language arts units. And still others take classes in =
Drawing, Painting, and Construction techniques that are passed onto =
their students. Realizing that there is little time to lose, teacher =
candidates, prior to certification, are looking to programs that deal =
with specific instruction in both the visual and performing arts.

This resurgence of the arts comes at a time when college students all =
over the country are reassessing their personal lives, and are looking =
for a more productive existence. Tired of a passive role, these young =
people, sensing that the next century will provide more leisure time for =
most of them, and an economical base that will afford more opportunities =
for personal development beyond "the job", are looking toward the arts =
for answers.

This is the time for educators to reassess what and how their current =
educational profiles match up with the outside world, and take steps to =
orchestrate public school education in a new key.=20

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revival in the performing arts…

In the latter part of the 1990s, we see American Youth exchanging = rock=20 concerts for ballroom dancing. From New York to California = the=20 resurgence of Swing, where teen-agers are jitterbugging to = Duke=20 Ellington compositions, is popping up with a vengeance. Due to the = teaching=20 efforts of Winton Marsales, young music instructors are learning to = revive the -=20 almost - forgotten art of playing scored Jazz arrangements with = high=20 school student bands. Departments of physical education are once again = teaching=20 ballroom dancing, and rural schools are leading the way.

Yo Yo Ma is contributing his musical expertise to the playing of=20 classical music at both the elementary and secondary levels of = instruction, and=20 the Harlem School of the Arts, established by soprano Dorothy=20 Maynor in 1964, is, today, serving some 3,000 students from = elementary=20 through high school grades. Under-privileged children take regular = instruction=20 in music, dance, art, and theater, because, as the director states: "The = arts in=20 public school education are more or less window dressing." There are = also night=20 classes for youth that hold day jobs, and who want to pursue careers in = the=20 visual and performing arts.

Schools, as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, = are=20 catering more and more to public school teachers who are spending their = summers=20 picking up on what they had either missed out on or were denied = during=20 teacher training.

"Classes in interpretive dance and music production add = immeasurably to my teaching inventory, states one elementary school = teacher,=20 affording me the opportunity to add several new dimensions to=20 self-expression. Other teachers take classes in dramatic = play and=20 theater arts in order to augment their language arts units. And = still=20 others take classes in Drawing, Painting, and Construction=20 techniques that are passed onto their students. Realizing that there = is=20 little time to lose, teacher candidates, prior to certification, are = looking to=20 programs that deal with specific instruction in both the visual and = performing=20 arts.

This resurgence of the arts comes at a time when college students all = over=20 the country are reassessing their personal lives, and are looking for a = more=20 productive existence. Tired of a passive role, these young = people,=20 sensing that the next century will provide more leisure time for most of = them,=20 and an economical base that will afford more opportunities for personal=20 development beyond "the job", are looking toward the arts for=20 answers.

This is the time for educators to reassess what and how their current = educational profiles match up with the outside world, and take steps to=20 orchestrate public school education in a new key.

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