[ Music in Schools ]
Fourth Morse Summer Music Academy begins July 29
The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes.
The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the program. The program is open for application to all NHPS students in grades 5–11 who play piano, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.
Students in the Academy receive weekly private lessons; study composition, conducting, music theory, and ear training; and participate in sectional rehearsals, ensembles, formal weekly recitals, and field trips. Trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut. All instruction is given by NHPS music teachers, Yale School of Music graduate students and alumni, as well as faculty from the Yale School of Music.
Students who successfully complete the Academy have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music and professional performances.
The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse (Yale College ’51), and is offered free of charge to New Haven Public School students. The first Academy took place in summer 2010 with participants from 10 schools.