Five Metro schools join TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools community

We’re pleased to announce that five new schools have been selected to participate in the 2017-18 Disney Musicals in Schools program! The program is an initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in economically disadvantaged elementary schools.

The newly selected schools are Alex Green Elementary School, Glencliff Elementary School, Shayne Elementary School, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, and Tusculum Elementary Elementary School. This is the seventh year of partnership between Disney’s Theatrical Productions, Metro Nashville Public Schools and TPAC’s education program.

The selected schools will begin a 17-week musical theater residency in January. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials and guidance from two teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with TPAC teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, TPAC will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

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TPAC Education included in 44 programs receiving CMA Foundation grants

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Students at Rose Park Magnet Math and Science Middle perform a song from their production of “The Lion King” at the DMIS Student Share at TPAC.

We are so proud and grateful to be included as one of 44 recipients of the 2017 CMA Country Music Association Foundation’s annual donation to support music education programs. The record-setting $3.1 million, issues this year thanks to the generosity of Country artists and fans who attend the annual CMA Music Festival, was announced last week on Giving Tuesday. The grants bring CMA’s total contributions since 2006 to more than $17.5 million.

“If it weren’t for the artists, who all perform for free during CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest each June.”

According to the press release, “Studies show students who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and higher GPAs than students not enrolled in arts classes. The CMA Foundation recognizes the importance of music education in keeping kids engaged and in school as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships and supporting music educators.”

As one of the recipients, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center will use the CMA Foundation grant to support TPAC Education’s Disney Musicals in Schools program, a free semester-long, after-school musical theater program that inspires students and their school communities to organize around the challenging work of mounting a 30-60-minute musical production. Guided by TPAC teaching artists, the program utilizes active partnerships that combine school, professional, and community resources to create rich avenues for student learning while providing teachers with the training and tools needed to strengthen their arts programs. DMIS is expected to reach nearly 1,600 Metro Nashville Public Schools students in 30 elementary and middle schools this school year. Disney Musicals in Schools currently engages 26 Metro Nashville Public Schools, 1,200 students, 130 educators, 600 volunteers, and 12 teaching artists.

For more information on the CMA Foundation, visit CMAfoundation.org.

For more information on TPAC’s comprehensive arts education programs, visit TPAC.org/Education.

TPAC receives 2016 grant from CMA Foundation

CMA and TPAC - Main ImageCMA Foundation announced today its annual donation for music education as well as grant recipients for 2016, totaling a record $2.68 million thanks to the generosity of Country artists and fans at CMA Music Festival.

“If it weren’t for the artists, who all perform for free during CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest each June.”

TPAC is proud to be among the 29 charitable groups receiving this generous support. The 2016 grant will go to TPAC Education and fund the organization’s Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS) program. DMIS is a free semester-long, after-school musical theater program that inspires students and their school communities to organize around the challenging work of mounting a 30-45-minute musical production. Guided by TPAC Teaching Artists, this program utilizes active partnerships that combine school, professional, and community resources to create rich avenues for student learning while providing teachers with the training and tools needed to strengthen their arts programs. DMIS is expected to reach nearly 1,300 Metro Nashville Public Schools students in 26 elementary and middle schools this school year.

Thank you CMA Foundation!

Country duo Maddie & Tae to host Disney Musicals in Schools “Student Share” on May 14 at TPAC

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Disney Musicals in Schools #StudentShare will be held at TPAC on May 14.

The Disney Musicals in Schools “student share” event will be more magical than ever when Maddie & Tae, country music’s breakaway hit duo, host the special showcase event in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Thursday, May 14.

Over the past year, more than 1,100 students across 20 Metro schools have been rehearsing and staging their own shows through TPAC Education’s Disney Musicals in Schools TPAC-Nashville, sponsored by the CMA Foundation.

The rapidly rising stars will interact with children from Metro Nashville Public Schools who will perform songs from their Disney musicals in full costume on the TPAC stage. The artists and representatives from the CMA Foundation, Disney, and TPAC will be available for interviews beginning at 10 a.m. and after the performance which begins at 10:30.

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CMA Foundation to support Disney Musicals in Schools for second year

CMA Foundation logoThe CMA Foundation recently announced $1.6 million in grants for music education programs in 2015, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is proud to share that it made the list.

With the foundation’s support for a second year, 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools will produce a Disney Kids or JR. musical this year. That is FOUR TIMES the number served by the program since TPAC Education and Metro Schools were selected by Disney Theatrical Group in 2011 for its first pilot outside of New York City.

Here’s more on DMIS:

Tennessee Performing Arts Center: Supporting TPAC’s after school program, Disney Musicals in Schools, which will engage students in 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools. Now in its fourth year, the local program was Disney’s first in-school outreach project outside of New York City and is the only program working with both elementary and middle schools. At the end of this academic year, 27 percent of Metro Nashville’s elementary schools will have produced a musical, engaging up to 1,200 students, 130 educators, 600 volunteers, and 12 teaching artists. At no cost to them, the schools receive a performance license for the Disney KIDS or JR. Musical of their choice, comprehensive resource materials, and in-school support from TPAC Teaching Artists.

For more about the generous donations CMA Foundation announced for 13 charitable organizations nationwide, click here.

 

Six Metro Schools Added for TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools Program

Six more Metro Nashville Public Schools have been selected to participate in Disney Musicals in Schools, an extracurricular program that complements classroom learning goals. The additional schools are Andrew Jackson Elementary, Gower Elementary, Hickman Elementary, and Old Center Elementary; and William Henry Oliver Middle and Wright Middle schools.

Sponsored locally by the CMA Foundation, the collaboration between Disney Theatrical Group, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TPAC Education, and Metro Schools will serve a total of 20 elementary and middle schools this academic year. At no cost to them, they receive a performance license for the Disney KIDS or Disney JR. Musical of their choice, along with comprehensive resource materials and in-school support from TPAC’s professional teaching artists.

“The program gets more exciting for us every year. Our goal is to eventually serve 100 percent of the elementary and middle schools in Metro Nashville,” said Roberta Ciuffo, TPAC’s Executive Vice President for Education and Outreach. “Disney Theatrical Group has given TPAC and Nashville an extraordinary opportunity. We’re extremely proud of the incredible work we’ve seen in Metro Schools and grateful to Disney and the CMA Foundation for the support that allows this program to continue.”

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TPAC pilots second year of Disney Musicals In Schools program

Disney Theatrical Group has selected the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to pilot year two of Disney Musicals in Schools, an outreach initiative formerly only available to New York City public schools.

TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS) trained Teaching Artists are professional theatre artists, musicians, dancers, and live production specialists who apply the magic of Disney to theatre activities that address imagination, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and so many more goals of classroom learning in after-school settings. TPAC’s DMIS Teaching Artists partner with educators to produce Disney KIDS musicals and create sustainable theatre programs in Metro Nashville elementary schools.

Disney Musicals in Schools Teacher Testimonials from New York and Nashville!