Musical Pathways Project
The Musical Pathways Project, active in eight Southeast and Southwest Seattle schools, augments schools’ instrumental music departments with additional music teaching artists from two Seattle orchestras.
The project offers a pathway to musical study for many beginning music students in Arbor Heights, Concord, Highland Park, Roxhill, Sanislo, West Seattle elementary schools as well as Denny International and Aki Kurose middle schools.
A collaboration with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestras, and Seattle Public Schools, the project taps into the talents of the two orchestras to provide additional highly trained teaching specialists that work directly under the supervision of SPS music educators.
The lessons, which are part of the regularly scheduled school Elementary Instrumental Music instructional time, occur during and after school. The additional support of these teaching artists enables music departments to offer additional spaces in the school’s band and orchestra programs so that more students can participate.
Research clearly demonstrates that increased music and arts instruction can help us close the academic achievement gap. Learning in the arts supports whole child development and improves learning and education outcomes for students.
A 2012 National Endowment for the Arts report “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth” demonstrates the correlation of student exposure to high levels of arts and better academic outcomes.
By participating in musical study, students engage in the importance of the individual artistic process and the collective group experience as they set goals, sustain motivation, and engage in creative collaboration with peers. They are also building meaningful relationships with musical mentors.
SPS Partners with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestras through the Musical Pathways Program from Seattle Public Schools on Vimeo.