Providing access to quality education in the arts
At South Shore Conservatory, we believe that the arts change lives. We also recognize that a large segment of the population does not have the opportunity to experience the benefits of participating in music and the performing arts because of financial, geographic, developmental or physical barriers. Often individuals in these circumstances are the very ones who could most benefit from the teamwork, discipline, creativity and self-expression that come through exposure to the arts. In the last couple of years, the Conservatory has increased its commitment to students with financial need or from low-income communities; students who attend schools that have cut the arts from their budgets; and special needs students of all ages and abilities, for whom the benefits of music therapy can be life-changing. We are constantly looking for opportunities to work with schools and other organizations to address specific needs within the community.
To explore how your organization may take advantage of these partnership opportunities, please contact Director of Community Partnerships Anne Smith at 781-934-2731, ext. 21.
jumpstARTS Arts and Literacy Partnerships
Lillian H. Jacobs Elementary School, Hull
Adult Learning Center Preschool, Brockton
Weekly Arts and Literacy Classes
Conservatory Arts Specialists bring stories to life through singing, movement, dramatic improvisation and instrument play. We know that children learn through play, and the arts give us the finest tools for inspiring and engaging in play within a classroom setting.
Once a month, Conservatory faculty musicians visit the classrooms to read music-themed stories and demonstrate instruments such as the viola, bassoon, saxophone, and French horn.
jumpstARTS at HOME!
We encourage students and their families to enjoy music and reading together by providing music CDs, storybooks, and tickets to a summer family concert at the Conservatory's Hingham campus.
SYMPHONY IN THE SCHOOLS
Artists-in Residency Partnerships
|These partnerships, created especially for schools looking to build or augment their music programs, offer students an opportunity to experience workshops, interactive music-making, master classes and performances with South Shore Conservatory faculty members. Residencies are adapted to suit the unique needs of each school system.
An important facet of each Residency is a community concert featuring the faculty musicians and selected students. These concerts give students a chance to share the experience of the residency with their families and engage residents of the community in the experience of live performance.
|"One of the main goals of the 'Symphony in the Schools' program is to build a culture of high level music making in the town of Randolph. If we expect our children to make music at a high level, then we have a responsibility to expose them to musical experiences of the highest quality. Community and family investment in the arts is crucial to seeing our students succeed and flourish. The community concert that concludes each residency is a way for students, families, faculty, and community members to experience the joy that arises out of music making."
-Eric Laprade Director of Music, Randolph Public Schools
Sample Brass Residency"A Brief History of Music – From Bach to Blue Monk"
SSC Facult:y: Rob Reustle, Trumpet, Megan Riccio, Horn, Grant Randal, Trombone
Day 1 9am – 3pm Grades K- 2 Instrument Petting Zoo
Day 2 9am – 3pm Grades K- 5 Small Group Performances
Day 3 9am – noon Middle School Performances and clinics; 1 – 3pm High School Performances and Master Classes; 7 – 8 pm Community Concert Featuring HS Brass players and faculty members
After-School Lesson Programs
Sacred Heart, Kingston
Quincy Catholic Academy
St. Francis Xavier, Weymouth
The Conservatory offers after school lessons in piano, guitar and voice at various Community Partnership schools listed below. To bring SSC's Community Partnership program to your school, please contact SSC Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement, Anne Smith at (781) 934-2731 x 21.
Utilizing the expertise of SSC staff and faculty, opportunity for professional development is provided through inservice, workshop, and teacher training. Programs include:
Music Therapy at the Conservatory
Individual and small group music therapy addresses the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and communication needs of individuals of all ages. The Conservatory offers individual and small group therapy, small group therapy creative ensembles and modified/adapted lessons in voice, piano, percussion, guitar and other instruments. For special needs children ages 3 to 5, group therapy is an opportunity for children to socialize within a structured setting that promotes the development of verbal communication and language skills.
Move & Groove
This small group program is for children on the autism spectrum and those with developmental delays, ages 4-7 and 8-11. Using music as a tool, children develop, practice, and refine non-musical skills in a fun, creative setting. Social, communication, motor, and cognitive skill areas are addressed through singing, instrument play, movement, and improvisation. Children have the opportunity to take turns, share, develop team and ensemble skills, move through time and space to the pulse of music, reinforce language skills, and have fun in a small group setting.
SSC Community Voices
SSC Community Voices, Too
The Director of the Conservatory's Music Therapy Department Eve Montague began Community Voices five years ago. This non-auditioned chorus is open to adults, ages 16 and older, with special needs, no matter their ability – even those who are non-verbal are welcome. The chorus is a joyful alternative for a population with limited social, musical and performance opportunities. The success of the program led to the formation of Community Voices, Too to expand the geographic reach of the program.
Music Therapy in the Community
Bourne Public Schools, Pembroke Public Schools, Scituate Public Schools
The Conservatory provides integrated services at the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels.
Programs serve children with a variety of challenges including children on the autism spectrum, children with developmental delays, physical challenges, mental health issues and sensory processing disorders. Music Therapy sessions focus on developing and refining social, communication, motor, academic and musical skills.
The Conservatory provides music therapy for students at the May Center for Education and Neurorheabilition. All students in this program have had a traumatic brain injury.
Programs for Seniors
Renaissance Gardens, Hingham Newfield House, Plymouth Bridges @ Epoch
Music Therapy for seniors with Parkinsons, Alzheimers and dementia focuses on memory enhancement and reminiscing, anxiety and pain reduction, orientation (day, place, self), retention of motor skills, respiratory function, social and communication skills.
South Shore Family Support
The Conservatory will offer Move & Groove classes and other group music therapy for children and young adults who are developmentally delayed and those who are on the Autism spectrum.
South Shore Hospital
South Shore Hospital has asked the Conservatory to conduct a creative arts therapy program for children's bereavement. The Conservatory will oversee the movement and music therapy portion of the program, which will kick off after a year-long planning period and take place three times a year, on site in Hingham, and possibly at the Hospital as well. The program will be offered at no cost program to families.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Last year the Conservatory received a record number of applications for financial assistance and in response it has increased its budget for scholarships and financial aid to $110,000, almost double what
it was just five years ago. This is still inadequate to meet all the need that exists among families who are facing financial hardship because of job loss, illness or single parent households.