Music Integration Residency
The Sound Discoveries School Residency program brings weekly music instruction into schools looking for increased arts access and integration. Each residency is customized to address each school’s individual learning goals.
Partner School Stories
Hays-Porter School (Residency School since Fall 2016)
Every week at Hays-Porter, fourth, fifth and sixth graders meet with CSO Teaching Artist Liz Wu to explore how music integrates with math and technology. As a CPS Vision 2020 High Tech school, Hays-Porter’s Sound Discoveries students use tablets, composition software, video design tools, and audio recording equipment to discover how music and sound is used in various projects, settings and fields. Students in fifth and sixth grade also serve as ambassadors to the 2nd Grade, visiting the classrooms quarterly to teach a lesson from their own learning in Sound Discoveries.
Teachers have indicated overall student improvement in attentiveness, patience, curiosity and excitement to learn. Students also saw an overall improvement in retention of music fundamental skills throughout the residency.
View Student Work 2018/2019
South Avondale Elementary (Residency School since Spring 2019)
On Wednesday mornings, CSO Teaching Artist Liz Wu works with South Avondale Music Teacher Rev. O'Neal to explore how sound is created through instruments from around the world. Students complete hands-on experiments and build projects including individual panpipes, used by students in musical performances.
Listen to Student-Created Ringtones 2019
Oyler CLC (After-school Residency since 2019-2020)
Once a week during the afterschool program at Oyler, students in first and second grade learn about the different instruments through the orchestra, musical elements such as melody and rhythm, and share their own expression through music-making together.
Roberts Academy (After-School Residency since 2019-2020)
In the afterschool program at Roberts Academy, 2nd and 3rd graders learn about musical cultures around the globe and explore their influence on our own music. Students craft their own instruments inspired by world music traditions.
Rothenberg Preparatory Academy (Residency School in 2018-2019)
For the 2018-2019 school year, music classes in grades 2, 4, 5 and 6 joined CSO Teaching Artist, Liz Wu, to explore how sound is created in both music and the world around us. The students learned about instruments and sound production through hands-on activities including making their own craft instruments, completing experiments to witness sound and vibration, and creating music through electronic composition.
During Summer 2019, Sound Discoveries had a 4-week pilot in the summer program at Carson School. To inquire about piloting Sound Discoveries, contact us.