As a new teacher, and new to W.F. George Middle School, choir director Hannah Espinoza was given a challenge to grow the music program and have them competing at UIL (University Interscholastic League).
Ten years ago, Chicago Academy High School was not known for the strength of its music program. With only a general music class, there were no instruments, no band or choir electives and little opportunity for students to explore the performing arts.
At Dempsey Middle School, there is a vibrant performing arts program; students can elect to take band, orchestra or chorus. With 300 students in Tracy Cinereski’s choir program alone, she spent a lot of time knee-deep in weekly theory assignments. She admits to feeling “constantly bogged down” trying to keep up with all the grading, which could be up to 10 hours a week.
When Davide Garofalo took on the role of Arts & Technology Head and Band Director at Bishop Allen Academy, little did he know that he was about to set a ripple effect into motion, effecting change at the school and across a community.
Getting funding is always a huge challenge for music teachers. And it can sometimes be hard to prove the value of incorporating music theory in a performance program. But that didn’t stop Jayne Marie Flores, doctoral candidate and band director at Faith Christian Academy from creating a cost/benefit analysis to make the case for Breezin’ Thru Theory.