[ Music in Schools ]

Music and Film Project with local schools premieres two movies

May 8, 2009

Co-op High SchoolThe Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the June 12 premiere of two films: the live-action The Mystery of John C. Daniels and the animated When the Brothers Unite. Held in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), these premieres will be the culmination of the first Music and Film project bringing together students in New Haven public schools with guidance from musicians from the Yale School of Music.

In the Music and Film Project, high school students direct and produce films based on books and music created by younger students in elementary and middle schools. The younger students’ project, the Music and Book Writing Program, began last year, with students from two New Haven middle schools writing their own children’s books. Art teachers guided the students in creating the illustrations, and a Yale School of Music composer then collaborated with them to write music for their story. This hugely successful program culminated in a spectacular performance at each school. A narrator read the book on stage with the illustrations projected overhead  and a Yale School of Music ensemble performing the music.

The Music and Film program for high school students integrates closely with the Music and Book Writing Program undertaken by younger children. After the completion of the Music and Book Writing Program, high school students direct and produce a film or animation based on a book written by fellow students.  A Yale School of Music composition student will compose music to the film and work with the students integrating the music to the film.

The Music in Schools programs bring together graduate students from the Yale School of Music with students in the New Haven public schools to learn about music and integrate music into the general classroom.

About The Mystery of John C. Daniels

In the 2007-08 academic year, five seventh-graders from John C. Daniels School wrote a book called The Mystery of John C. Daniels. They worked with John Miller on writing the story and with Matthew Fried (a Yale School of Music graduate student) on the illustrations. Thomas C. Duffy, director of bands at Yale, composed music to the book.

This year, Robb Blocker, media teacher at Co-Op High School, and five of his students have worked with John C. Daniels School to turn The Mystery of John C. Daniels into a movie.  Mr. Blocker (no relation to Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music) wrote the script with his students and filmed the movie at Daniels in early 2009. Students, parents, administrators, and teachers from both Daniels and Co-Op participated in the movie. The film music will be composed by Fay Wang, a first-year composition student at the School of Music. The movie is currently in post-production, and the music will be recorded in mid-May. Students from Co-Op High School will participate in the recording and editing process for the movie’s soundtrack.

About When the Brothers Unite

The short story When the Brothers Unite was written and illustrated by fourth-grade students at the Lincoln-Bassett School during the 2007-2008 school year. The writing was coached by Olivia Malin, Manager of Community Programs, Yale School of Music. Jay Wadley, a Yale School of Music graduate, composed the brass quintet music to accompany the book narration. Art teacher Sara Thomas and students from High School in Community experimented with various types of animation throughout this school year and ultimately used claymation to animate the Lincoln-Bassett story. Polina Nazaykinskaya, a first-year composition student at the School of Music, composed the string quartet music to accompany the animation.

The screening of When the Brothers Unite and The Mystery of John C. Daniels is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu/community or yalemusic.digication.com/musicinschools.

Event Info

Date/time: Friday, June 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Admission free
Phone:  203 432-4158
Web:    music.yale.edu/communityyalemusic.digication.com/musicinschools