"Rejoice in Recovery" Women's Drum Circle at Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Inc. (C.A.T.S.) - Since 2003, Broadway School of Music & the Arts has partnererd with C.A.T.S. to offer participatory arts activities within a 90-day residential treatment program for women in recovery from substance abuse. Initiated with inspirational group singing led by Dr. J LanYe, currently the program involves healing drum circles based on traditional West African music, and dance. All sessions are led by Broadway School instructor Sister Yvetta. Ten to twenty women meet for two hours twice monthly and learn to play simple polyrhythms using Broadway Schools' collection of congas, djembes and djun-djuns. We have taken small groups of women on field trips to share their drum circle with the community in places such as senior centers and a farmer's market. On two other days each month, women learn diverse dance forms such as line, salsa, ballroom and more. These dynamic music and movement experiences provide an opportunity for fun, joy, emotional release and personal empowerment to women undergoing a structured treatment regimen.
Suzuki Violin Program at Villa Montessori Center
Broadway School of Music & the Arts' violin instructor Victoria Lewis gives free weekly private Suzuki violin lessons and a group class to kindergarten students at Villa Montessori Center in our neighborhood. This program began in January, 2009 with a small grant from the Neighborhood Connections Program of The Cleveland Foundation, and is entering its seventh year. Early during this partnership, WKYC-TV 3's Kim Wheeler visited a Suzuki violin group class at Villa Montessori. Click here for her story.
After-School Arts at University Settlement
Broadway School of Music & the Arts is partnering with neighboring University Settlement to provide after-school arts classes for youth in grades K-8. During the 2012-13 school year, these included group classes in electric keyboard with instructor Mark Kmit, eurhythmics with Agnieszka Kotlarsic, and visual art with Meri Ruble, including an outdoor community beautification project, "Painted Posts" (below). During summer 2013, instructor Dwight Fleming led neighborhood teens in University Settlement's summer camp in learning Broadway show tunes.
Literacy Through the Arts Summer Academy
For the past five summers, Broadway School of Music & the Arts has provided group violin classes as part of this special program of Jones Road Family Development Corporation. During summer 2014 instructor Lisa Kim taught classes Monday through Thursday mornings for six weeks to forty children in grades 1-4. The LTA Summer Academy was held at Holy Name Elementary School in Slavic Village.
Child Care Centers
In spring 2014 Broadway School of Music & the Arts began to provide area child care centers with Dalcroze Eurhythmics, followed by visual art classes in summer 2014. We worked with All Around Children, Little Inspirations, Loving Cup Kids Academy in Slavic Village, and later with the William Patrick Day Center's Head Start program. Through widespread anecdotal evidence from educators, we learned that kindergarten students are often entering school with little to no understanding of basic concepts such as colors, numbers and the alphabet. There is also a lack of appropriate social skills and developmentally on-track behavior. Through these classes, children ages three to five are able to have fun together and move around while improving active listening skills, enhancing fine motor skills, and learning self-control. They are also learning or re-inforcing pre-literacy skills through songs and structured play. The children walk or come by child care center bus to BSMA, or if transportation is an issue, our instructor will take the class to the child care center.