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I need basic lodging and a food allowance for a professional development opportunity observing and collaborating with renowned string educator and conductor Ron Alvarez Davies
8 years ago, I founded an orchestra program at a small charter school that has evolved to provide string instruction to over 300 students.
Starting in first grade, every Bridge Boston student participates in our instrumental music program until they graduate from 8th grade.
All stakeholders in Bridge Boston’s music program - teachers, parents, staff, and volunteers - strongly believes that every child holds the potential to become a literate and artistic musician. Through daily ensemble-based rehearsals, students learn not only how to play, listen to, and appreciate music; they also learn how to persevere through challenges, to hold themselves to high standards, and to achieve in ways they may not have expected.
Our children are often the most economically and socially disadvantaged in the city. Our school is uniquely designed to serve the needs of these at-risk children. Among our student population
99% are children of color
4% homeless or in foster care
20% have received support from the Department of Children and Families
21% receive Special Education services
24.4% are English Language Learners
85% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals
100% receive free or reduced lunch through the Community Eligibility Program
The purpose of this project is to observe and learn from my hero in music education, Ron Alvarez Davies. In April 2016, Alvarez started the Dream Orchestra with a handful young boys from a refugee-accommodation south of Gothenburg.
Now the Gothenberg-based orchestra mentors, educates, and inspires young refugee children from Afghanistan, Syria, Albania and Somalia.
Davies's success is derived from his outstanding conducting and teaching practices and strong curriculum, two areas in which I intend to study, reflect, and enact in my classroom's orchestra. Davies has been internationally recognized for his work, and I intend to incorporate his teaching style, repertoire ideas, and concert programming in my school's orchestra program.
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