MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS - THE AMF INTENSIVE GUITAR PROGRAM

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE INTENSIVE GUITAR MUSIC PROGRAM

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This program is designed to provide high school students access to a one week long music education program focused on the guitar. The program is conducted during normal school days as a one week, every day, full day, in-school program.

The program can also be run as an after school intramural program of a series of sessions of approximately seventy five minutes per session. Specifics:

 This program is designed for students at high school level (grades 9-12)

 The intensive program is designed for students with an acceptable grade point average.

 The program is voluntary and is conducted on a first come first served basis.

 Each session can accommodate twelve – fifteen students.

 Guitars are provided for the sessions through the school or loans from other programs, music stores, parents or other sources.

 The intensive sessions are held Monday through Friday encompassing the full school day.

 The sessions are led by Brandon Shilts, a professional musician with over twenty years of experience providing private and group musical instruction.

The initial intensive program was held at Harborside Academy, a Charter High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The initial program was conducted for high school students but can also, with modifications, be conducted for selected middle school and elementary level students.

It is the intention of the American Music Foundation to continue to expand and refine the intensive program as well as adding an intramural program during 2013. While the initial program was conducted at a Charter High School, the program is a valuable asset for any public or private school.

The program can serve as an adjunct to an existing music and arts curriculum or as a alternative for schools facing budget constraints which have forced a roll back or elimination of arts/music studies. By utilizing outside resources, the AMF intensive program allows schools access to a music program without owning the required in-school infrastructure.

The goals of the program include:

 By the end of the week, have each student in the program able to play a song on guitar.

 Exposing students to a wide variety of musical styles and genres as well as a variety of talented, significant artists from each genre.

 Exposing students to the cultural relationship of music to other art forms and the role of music in our culture and everyday lives.

 Provide an entrée for students seeking to determine whether they want to pursue additional musical training through public or private lessons.

 Provide schools with an alternative to in-school music/arts education during a time of budget constraints.

 Provide students and parents with feedback concerning levels of interest and talents of participating students

As the programs continue, we will develop the methodology to capture and evaluate the data necessary to measure the results of the program based on multiple criteria including satisfaction levels of students, parents, school administrators and teachers. We will use this data to refine the program as we look to roll it out across additional educational platforms.

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