Profile of MUSE Programs

Students from Herman Badillo troupe warm up for Arts Works for Kids
Photo:Lori Joyce

MUSE in the Schools: Since 1990, MUSE has offered 10 to 30 sessions a school year to partner schools in the Buffalo area. MUSE artists come into schools and join the school community. The art forms they bring also become an intrinsic part of each school’s educational landscape.

MUSE Mobile: Established in 1995 as a compliment to our in-school programs, MUSE Mobile provides Buffalo children with after-school and summer learning activities in schools, community centers and other sites. All MUSE Mobile classes are pre-professional, sequential learning and focused on performance.

MUSE Performances: Student performances shine! Authentic costumes and instruments set the mood, when MUSE performers take the stage to show what they’ve learned to family, peers and the community. MUSEFest, the annual culminating performance of school-year activities, involves children from MUSE in the Schools and MUSE Mobile SummerFest closes our summer programs. Informal smaller performances and family drum and dance circles occur throughout the year.

Content of MUSE Programs

KUKU performed by West African Drum and Dancers from Herman Badillo
Photo:Lori Joyce

Oral Tradition Drum and Dance: MUSE brings artists and children together so the children can learn traditional drumming and dance through traditional methods. Children in grades three and higher participate in programs currently focused on West African, African-American, Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban traditions.

Leap and Learn: Healthy Choices: Leap and Learn, an arts-in-education program, helps children in pre-school through second grade hone their learning skills through movement and music. MUSE artists teach to NYS core curriculum standards in language arts, math, science and cultural awareness lessons.

MUSE in the Schools: Partnering with classroom teachers, MUSE teaching artists use music and movement to integrate the arts into core curriculum subject areas. Theme projects ranging from whole school to individual grade level provide teachers and teaching artists to develop units of study that involve music and movement.

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