As a result of a partnership begun in August 2016, Austin Opera and Manor ISD fine arts educators have provided a variety of opportunities for students to learn about and enjoy the world of opera. Elementary students participate in the OPERA TREASURE CHEST program, which provides hands-on materials for the classroom and a LIVE performance on the school campus. The ACCESS OPERA program has provided hundreds of free tickets for students to attend opera productions at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. Austin Opera is also deeply committed to supporting arts educators by providing opportunities for growth through presentations at district professional development events.
More information about Austin Opera’s education program, including new online learning resources are available at austinopera.org/education.
Austin Classical Guitar has been a proud partner with Manor ISD, assisting with curriculum, teacher training and development, assistant instructor placements, instruments, and guest artist visits since 2014. A thriving guitar program at Decker Middle School, and several elementary guitar programs have been developed, and we look forward to more in the years to come. Manor ISD students are always welcome at ACG major events for free, including live, online concert events during social distancing measures. ACG also provides local and regional contest, performance, and collaboration opportunities for students, as well as fundraising opportunities for specific programs.
More information about ACG is available at AustinClassicalGuitar.org and we welcome your call at 512-300-2247.
Since 2001, Ballet Austin has been proud to offer Manor ISD students of all ages the opportunity to experience live, professional ballet performances on an annual basis, as well as TEKS-aligned classroom curricula grounded in issues of social justice and improving social-emotional learning (SEL). In addition to The Nutcracker School Shows, which Manor ISD elementary students attend every holiday season, Ballet Austin has also brought family-friendly ballets such as The Ugly Duckling, Snow White, Not Afraid of the Dark, and Peter and the Wolf to the district’s elementary students. For middle and high school students, Ballet Austin has performed works based on literary subjects such as The Crucible, and historical subjects such as the personal narratives of survivors of the Vietnam War.
For more information about Ballet Austin’s educational programming, please visit https://balletaustin.org/education/
The Austin Symphony has partnered with Manor ISD for many years providing engaging and innovative learning experiences for students through live performance opportunities, such as Building Blocks of the Orchestra and Young People’s Concerts for elementary students and our High School Concert program for secondary school students. Building Blocks features ASO chamber ensembles and solo presentations that introduce students to the family of instruments of the orchestra and elements of music. YPC and High School concerts are designed following thematic interdisciplinary approach; curriculum resources and materials are distributed to teachers at participating schools. In addition, ASO provides classroom experiences to high school and middle school students through its Connecting with Music: Interdisciplinary initiative through which political and social issues are examined and studied as part of the ASO’s Music and Human Conflict series. In this program students examine resisting oppression, protest, and overcoming adversity through symphonic and classical repertoire. ASO education programs are designed in accordance with classroom objectives and align with TEKS.
The ASO has created educational and community engagement programs that connect with literature, history, visual art, dance, and drama. The ASO believes learning is on-going and lifelong. For more information about the ASO’s Learning and Community programs please visit https://austinsymphony.org/education-community-concerts/