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ProjectMUSIC at Family Mornings with the Arts

​On February 12 the Oxford Arts Alliance’s Family Mornings with the Arts program features UD‘s ProjectMUSIC Brass Ensemble, who will perform and present an educational program.

Now in its fourth year, ProjectMUSIC is a cross-disciplinary service-learning program designed to give music students opportunities to work collaboratively with a community school’s existing music program. ProjectMUSIC is led by Suzanne Burton of the Department of Music and Susan Serra in the Office of Service Learning.

This year, service-learning scholar Tyler Wiernusz has developed music education projects with Richardson Park Elementary in the Red Clay school district. Working with the school’s music teacher, Steven Fackenthall, Wiernusz has implemented programs for grades two through five. Second grade students are visited by a woodwind ensemble, fourth grade students by a brass ensemble and fifth grade students by a percussion ensemble. The ProjectMUSIC ensembles create 30-minute presentations that work with the school’s music curriculum to enhance music learning.

Richardson Park students also came to campus in October to experience an array of music activities including various ensembles, folk dancing, a concert by the UD Wind Ensemble and an instrument petting zoo. The ensembles visit the elementary school throughout the year, ending with a school-wide end-of-year ProjectMUSIC concert.

In addition to the benefits the elementary school students receive from enhanced music-learning programs, ProjectMUSIC gives music education students the chance to implement course content, hone their pedagogical skills and form educational collaborations, greatly enriching their development as educators and teaching artists.

Oxford Arts Alliance

Family Mornings with the Arts

38 S. Third Street

Oxford, PA