The Area of Fine Arts

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 6.47.21 AMLast week I wrote about some fine arts programs that your student could participate in if you so choose. This week I am writing to tell you about a program where you can go and enjoy someone else performing. ūüôā

No one person can possibly be gifted in every single area of teaching, that is why I enjoyed going to performances to help teach fine arts. I believe that attending plays, ballets, and musical performances actively engage students in this subject area. While I like listening to classical music, nothing is like attending an actual live performance. You see how large an orchestra is, what the instruments sound like, and hear the magnificent harmony and volume that is created when the musical piece is being played.

Quite a few times you will find there are educator’s guides that include lessons and additional resources or activities for your students. On occasion, I have received CD’s of the pieces that were performed as part of educator’s packets as well.

If you happen to live here in Greater Cincinnati, I have information about performances from now through December that are¬†at Miami University in Middletown called Fantastic Free Fridays. Yes, free! How amazing is that? ūüôā

¬†Thanks to your continuing support of Miami University Middletown’s Fantastic Free Friday series, I am pleased to tell you that it is almost time to make your reservations for our 14th season. Full series information , including web sites for our performers, can be found at www.regionals.miamioh.edu/fff .The reservation process begins¬†Monday, August 19.¬†¬†Please look for a reply e-mail from me to either confirm or deny your request for seats. ¬†I will make every attempt to reply within 48 hours of your request, so if you don’t hear from me, please write again. ¬†Seating is always on a first come first served basis until the auditorium is filled. Contact Susan at the following address:¬†joyces@miamioh.edu¬†For your convenience here is a concise list of programs and dates:

  • September 27, 10:00AM only. ¬†Neil Jacobs, guitarist.
  • October 25, 10:00AM and 12:30PM ¬†Madcap Puppets presents The Cinderella Files.
  • November 8¬†, 10:00AM only ¬†Miami University Jazz Ensemble
  • December 6, 10:00AM and 12:30PM ¬†Artreach Theatre presents A Christmas Carol

Many cities have local artist performances and symphonies you and your family can attend. Community Theatre is an avenue to explore throughout the year and who knows, you may even see someone you know as a character in the play!

If you don’t live in the area, how about contacting local universities, community theatre troupes, music teachers (they have recitals), ballet companies, or have a talent show of your own where you and one or two other families have a Fine Arts Night? This can be a lot of fun and give your musicians an incentive to “practice, practice, practice!”

~Lisa

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