The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre
Art, Music, and Theatre Department
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS VPA 62
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 206-6240
Fax: (217) 206-6248
A.M.T. Project Outreach
AMT Project Outreach is a new community outreach initiative between the Department of Art, Music and Theatre and local public schools. The project invites AMT faculty to interact with local public schools in a variety of ways including: teaching a guest class, giving a music demonstration/recital, and teaching a theatre masterclass. The project is in its first pilot season 2014-2015, as a successful collaboration with Rochester Public Schools.
Interested in bringing AMT Project Outreach to your school? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UIS flutist Dr. Abigail Walsh
- flute masterclass for Rochester School Grades 5/6 and 7/8
- presentation for 150 5th and 6th grade band students
Dr. Walsh worked with the intermediate and junior high flutists on issues like practice technique, developing bettter posture, finger technique and fundamental musical patterns. In addition, she spoke with band students about potential music careers, gave a brief lesson on how to begin beat boxing, and gave a performance of numerous virtuoso works on the flute.
UIS Ethnomusicoloigst/Fiddle Player Dr. Sharon Graf
- American folk music demos and jam sessions for Rochester Intermediate School student assemblies
Dr. Graf visited with students as part of their Unit on American Folk Music. She was joined by banjo player Erich Schroeder and mandolin/guitarist Mark Mathewson. Together they performed a number of American folk songs and taught students to sing the words, clap the rhythms and even dance.
UIS Theatre Professor and Scenic Artist Dathan Powell
- two visits to Rochester Schools Art Exploration Class
Professor Powell taught students how to create papier-mâché masks. Students focused on shaping masks of animals and incorporating the use of a dummy mask as a model template. During his second visit, students displayed their masks and learned about the history and significance of masks in diverse types of theater.
A special thank you to: UIS Ethnomusicologist Dr. Yona Stamatis; Special Education Teacher and violinst in the UIS World Music Ensemble Rachel Brandt; Rochester Schools Director of Bands and Music Cathy Parker, and to the UIS-AMT faculty and Rochester Faculty for bringing this project to fruition!