SOPHIA’S HEART AFTER-SCHOOL MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMS
Sophia’s Heart After School Music and Arts Program serves youth in grades 6th – 12th grade by providing a community where creativity and leadership thrive. The program provides the proper ingredients for youth to succeed in the performance realm and motivates them to succeed in school and ultimately in their futures. They are given a unique opportunity to explore and develop their artistic talents using the power of music as vehicle to bring diverse backgrounds together and foster creative expression. Every aspect of the program is student led in order to maximize interest and build self-confidence in a safe environment.
The program is free to join and transportation assistance is available to all participants. Students meet five-times per week during the academic year and during the summer. Performance and production opportunities are provided on an ongoing basis to allow participants to showcase skills and occasionally require additional participation hours.
SOPHIA’S HEART MUSIC TROUPE
Students engage in performance using appropriate Top Billboard Pop Songs. Music is selected based on its’ positive message and entertainment appeal to audiences and singers, maintaining age appropriate lyrics and musical practicality for a singing group. Every aspect of planning performances is student lead, from the song choices to dance choreography in order to provide students a platform to develop their leadership skills and engage their interest. Students commit to rehearsals, contribute to creating vocals, and choreography, all used for performance opportunities at various local and national events and venues.
AUDIO AND VISUAL RECORDING TECHNOLOGY
The Video and Audio Recording portion of the program allows students to engage in a hands-on exploration of the ‘other side’ of the music industry such as film and production, photography, editing, and video recording. Students work together in coordinating video scripts, setting scenes, recording performances, and learning unique techniques using studio quality equipment and software that will prepare them for future career choices.
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The Sophia’s Heart Dance Studio allows students to perfect dance concepts through improvisation using their imagination. The engage in creative form, not only to strengthen their physical development, but to encourage cognitive, social and emotional growth. In this program students build their dance vocabulary, and techniques and study choreography in detail. The leadership approach used inspires students to communicate their ideas in new ways.
Students are provided support in completing academic assignments in a stress-free area. The lab is equipped with tutors from local universities and volunteers who have degrees in various subjects. PCs and printers are also available for students to use for completing assignments. Students work on school work for an agreed-upon period of time, then rotate out to music and arts programs to engage with other students. There is no charge for the service. Students are required to spend at least two days per week in the Homework Lab in order to participate in performances and off-site projects.
WANT TO JOIN?
Are you interested in joining Sophia’s Heart Music and Arts Program? We are now enrolling in all programs. Enrollment is FREE and open to all 6th-12th grade Milwaukee students. Contact us at (720) 508-9996 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Auditions for the Music Troupe are held each Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Auditions for the dance program are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Book a Performance
Interested in booking the Sophia’s Heart Music Troupe or Dance Group for an upcoming event, please contact us at (720) 508-9996 or by email at Lakesha@sophiasheart.org
WHY ARE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS SO IMPORTANT
Music is a universal language that nearly everyone can share and enjoy. Not only does music enrich our lives, there is sound evidence that music education can have a positive effect on cognitive, social and emotional development on the lives of our youth.
Unfortunately, many schools today, especially those in inner cities, are eliminating music and arts programs from their budgets. Sophia’s Heart recognizes the impact these programs can have and wants to offer Milwaukee youth the enrichment they lack in school or at home.
Take a look at some of the positive effects a music and arts education can offer:
- Students learn to improve their work
- Students develop a sense of achievement
- Students stay engaged in school
- Students learn to be successful
- Students are less likely to become involved in substance abuse
- Students develop empathy towards others
- Students develop a higher sense of self-esteem
- Students learn how to discipline themselves
- Students develop creativity
- Students learn teamwork
Additionally, providing after-school programming keeps our students involved in constructive, productive activities, especially if one or both parents are still at work. Partner with Sophia’s Heart to provide Milwaukee youth the enrichment and support they need.
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