Academy of Arts Centre
Beneath His Wings Foundation-Academy of Arts Centre is a Music, Arts and Cultural Program providing free music and visual arts instruction, free music instruments and instruction, and exposure to studio recording for children in our communities.
In most schools today, music programs suffer from budget cuts that have limited or crippled the public schools ability to offer the benefits a music education can provide.
“The Academy of Arts Centre” is a place where children ages 7-18 can enjoy making and learning music in a positive, fun, and friendly environment, where the academy inspires and encourages children to learn.
Children at the Academy enjoy lessons which enrich their abilities to appreciate and play music. Students will not only learn how to play instruments, they will also learn music theory.
Our curriculum offers a comprehensive learning experience geared towards developing the student’s talent and abilities.
Students will participate in recitals and local concerts which will help their self-confidence.
Students will experience group lessons where they will focus on performance, harmony, teamwork, and technique.
“The Academy of Arts Centre” promotes and supports the following benefits music brings to education:
* Early musical training helps develop language and reasoning.
* Music is an effective way to imprint information on young minds. Think "Education Rock"
* There is also a connection between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things).
* Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions.
* Students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
* A study of the arts provides children with a glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a "me first" attitude, provides a bridge across cultural gaps that lead to respect of other races at an early age.
* Music teaches children the need and benefits of attention to detail. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only through practice and hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
* Music enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.
* Music provides children with a means of self-expression, placing them in touch with their core, with who they are and what they feel. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
* Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on performance rather than observation. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another, a necessary life skill.
* Music performance teaches us to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something to be understood, that dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later in life. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. Music contributes to mental health and can help prevent risky behavior.
Ages 4 – 6 Music Exploration Summer Camp
Students will explore different instruments and be introduced to vocal music designed to inspire an interest in the performing arts. Students will play games; learn rhythm, beats, and counting time. Students will have opportunity to become introduced and familiar with various instruments and opportunity to experiment with them under the direction of an experienced music instructor specializing in work with small children.
Beginners Music Program:
Music Interest and Introduction Program researched based and developmentally appropriate program for students to learn different genres of music, different instruments and be introduced to vocal music designed to inspire an interest in the performing arts.
Students will participate in beginning lessons in piano, saxophone, flute, violin, trumpet, drums, and or percussion. Students will learn to read music, develop time, understand theory, and play short ensembles’. Performances will be held 2x/year.
Intermediate/Advanced Music Program:
Students will participate in a variety of genres, learn history, theory, and play complex music performances. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of musical performances throughout the year.
Know Your Voice
Students will be able to share in the experience of recording what they have learn musically and vocally in a specially designed room operated by students enrolled in BHWF’s Studio recording classes. Specially selected students from our advance music classes can continue their growth through learning recording and mixing techniques from some of the most sought after producers in the industry.