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Hillel, Straz partner for performing arts education


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The Hillel Academy has developed a strong tradition of being a performing arts school.

The school raised the bar this summer when it partnered with the Straz Center in downtown Tampa to develop performing educational experiences based on need and commitment.

“We look forward to creating a meaningful and lasting relationship and watching our enhanced music program develop into a crucial component of the schools,” said Hillel’s Head of School Amy Wasser.

Hillel will be a partner school with the Patel Conservatory To-Go Program during the new school year.

Working with Hillel’s existing Isaac B. Solomon Cultural Music Initiative, music experts and teachers from the Patel Conservatory will be brought to the campus to bring music theory, instrumentation, dance and creative collaborations.

The lower grades at Hillel will be part of a general music class that focuses on developing musical skills through singing and instrumental productions.

The third- and fourth-grade students will be introduced to the fundamentals of playing string instruments while reading music, and playing music from a variety of genres.

Fifth- and sixth-graders will continue to be exposed to African drumming combined with African and Indian dancing. They will also focus on understanding the traditions along with the singing, moving, and instrumental experiences.

Seventh- and eighth- graders will be introduced to music theater so that the students will be able to combine dance, music, and theater all at one time.

Middle school students will have the chance to participate in Rock School, a weekly band session for students who own their own instruments.

For further information on the Hillel Academy music program, contact (813) 963-2242.

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