El Sistema Austin
Beginning October 17 2011, HAPA will provide approximately 40 students in grades 6-8 at East Austin College Prep Academy with ensemble-based music education for 2.5 hours Monday-Thursday and two hours on Saturday. In January 2012, we will offer 30 more students the chance to participate and complete our full symphony orchestra. The only cost to participants will be a small program fee that will be based on a sliding scale and will be waived for participants who are unable to afford it. There are no barriers to entry based on ability or financial circumstances. Program participants will get instruction from expert teaching artists in the following areas:
1. Singing and solfege
2. Group and private instrumental instruction
3. Technology (digital portfolio, improvisation, composition)
4. Team-building activities (group drumming, music listening/appreciation, outdoor games)
In addition, there will be numerous opportunities to perform, to hear live music, and to attend cultural events. Each Thursday there will be a “recital hour” open to the community that will feature performances by students, teaching artists, and guest artists. Finally, parent classes will provide an opportunity for parents to learn basic musical skills in order to support their children, to get to know other families in the community, and to have fun in a laid-back atmosphere.