Music Faculty Helps Enhance High School Curriculum
Nov. 3, 1999 -- Western Albemarle High School
students will get a taste of Africa on Friday, Nov. 12, when Michelle
Kisliuk, a University of Virginia professor of ethnomusicology,
performs traditional West African rhythm and dance movements.
presentation is the first in a series of programs for "Music and
Mind," an outreach project designed to enhance the high school curriculum
by combining the study of music and performance with high school
courses. The project is a collaboration between U.Va. music faculty
and the gifted services program at Western Albemarle.
and her U.Va. students will present African rhythms, chants, drumming
and dance movements for freshman World History classes. The program
is designed to build on course content.
professor Mary Kathleen Ernst and Allen Freeman, coordinator of
gifted services at Western Albemarle, began "Music and Mind" last
year. Members of the U.Va. and Western Albemarle faculties work
together to provide teaching materials, hands-on research and live
performances. Students also receive videotapes and recordings to
broaden their understanding of music-related topics.
of Music received a $3,500 grant for "Music and Mind" from the
Frederick S. Upton Foundation of St. Joseph, Mich., a private, non-profit
foundation dedicated to children and education. This the second
year the foundation has funded the program.
Dec. 9, the Guild Trio will perform music by American composer Charles
Ives for Western Albemarle's senior class at Old Cabell Hall. More
programs are planned for the spring, including presentations by
the Free Bridge Jazz Quintet and Ernst, a pianist.
from the two institutions recognize the important role music has
played in world events and its effects across broad disciplines.
Ernst and Freeman hope to expand "Music and Mind" to include other
high schools and eventually ensure the integration of music into
more information, contact Mary Kathleen Ernst at (804) 293-4860.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298