Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Moxie Strings at the Mackinac Island Public School 

This past spring, the Mackinac Arts Council brought The Moxie Strings to the Mackinac Island Public School to further the students music education by providing a half-day clinic and concert. This was made possible by a grant awarded from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. The talented musicians (who are also certified music teachers) taught and performed for 28 K-3rd grade students, 21 4th-8th grade students, and 5 high school students, as well as several teachers, parents, and community members. The clinic included lessons on learning by ear, improvisation, arranging, song writing, music theory and composition. That evening they performed a concert, part of which included the students preforming with them and demonstrating what they learned earlier that day.
The participation and feedback from the students was extremely positive. They learned a great deal from the clinic and were very inspired to participate and create musically.