In-School Progams

Our in-school programs are offered to enhance the curriculum for both public and private schools and expand arts education. It also provides the opportunity for schoolchildren, K through 12th grade, to experience the arts that may not be fulfilled otherwise. The majority of the over 300 students who benefit from SJSA’s in-school programs are underserved young people. SJSA provides a total arts program giving students a diverse arts experience that is rich in Caribbean culture as well as classical instruction. Overall, classes in music, movement and art are expanded to include a deeper, more meaningful challenge for students, growing with each grade from pre-school to high school.

Interactive Arts for Literacy through Music and Movement
Speech, rhythm, singing, poetry, movement and the playing of instruments are experienced by the student to explore reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Emphasizing critical thinking, this program will attempt to develop student’s skills and concepts while adopting the idea of spontaneous creative music making and movement through improvisation. The approach emphasizes the development of musical and personal growth and the totality of expression.

To introduce basic art techniques using different age appropriate mediums.

Bach to Rap Music
This course will focus on discovering and identifying the rhythmic, melodic and instrumental characteristics of various genres. We will then translate these elements to our own music-making and study of rhythmic and melodic notation and score-reading. Students will learn the basic skills of solfege sight-singing and rhythmic notation, and will explore improvisation thru the creation of their own musical pieces. This course will encourage students to develop their own ideas and text to create ensemble pieces, and give them the tools to develop their own musical ideas.

Books Alive!
This program is to celebrate the child’s imagination through movement and acting out storybooks.  Acting vocabulary is introduced while using basic acting skills and directions.  Listening skills are developed to promote self control which, in turn, instills harmony for group interaction success.  Self confidence is encouraged through self expression and character building.

Busy Bodies Movement Program
Designed to inspire and hone creativity in the young child through dance as well as support group interaction, participation and skills. Ultimately, this course will focus on rhythms and games as well as introduce step dancing, which originated from African American Roots. This form of percussive dance uses the entire body to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken words and hand claps. Students must learn to work as a group to produce a visual aesthetic while maintaining an audible orchestral sound.

Creative Movement
Based on choreographic methods and philosophies of well known, diverse modern dance choreographers, the teachings of movement as creative expression through various techniques and exercises along with improvisation are presented at age level. The program focuses on the kinesthetic approach in academia including language arts, mathematics, cooperative learning and socialization skills. Creativeness is at the forefront of building confidence while the structured class provides the discipline and direction for a successful experience.

Creative Songwriting
Explore the creative act of songwriting, with an emphasis on creating meaningful lyrics. Students will work individually and in groups to explore song writing concepts and brainstorm ideas. Together we will write lyrics to existing songs, create melodies to existing poems, and discuss the principles of song structure and form. Students with instrumental music skills are invited to bring their instrument to create accompaniment, and there will be a keyboard in the classroom used by the instructor. This class will culminate in a presentation of our original compositions.

Cultural Music & Dance Program
To offer a cultural dance and music program that introduces Virgin Islands cultural dance and music to elementary school children. At the completion of the program, students will be able to identify the various rhythms of quadrille and quelbe music and perform related dance movements to quadrille and quelbe music while incorporating Virgin Islands folk songs.

Developing an Artistic Eye: Exploring Drama, Poetry and Art through Movement and Self-Expression
This course hopes to instill an appreciation of art forms through intelligent insight; enabling students to develop self-expression and uphold their own ideas in drama, poetry and art through gestural movement, character building, and basic improvisation. Choreographic techniques are used for interpreting these elements.

Early Learning Center Music
Design to provide the young child the opportunity to experiment with music, joining others in song, chant, movement and instrument play. This program lead by a music therapist helps children to be confident, joyful music-makers by providing a rich music environment which stimulates, nurtures and enhances active music expression. The program uses drums, shakers, rhythm sticks, bells, scarves, balls, and much more.

Ethnic Drumming and Dance
Using Historical folklore as a medium of expression, students will be introduced to basic Afro-Caribbean drumming and dance forms.

Graduated Woodwinds: Recorder to Flute
To introduce music literacy through instrumental study as well as promoting group collaboration.  This class also prepares students for instruction in flute (Graduated Woodwind – Recorder to Flute – Upper Campus class), which is set up to promote woodwind instruments, evolving into ensembles.

Mind/Body Connection for Scholastic Improvement Joyful Child
To introduce relaxation and concentration skills and enhance the student’s overall performance inside and outside the classroom this class improves self-discipline, while nurturing sense of care for others and themselves.

One Voice
To teach students vocal techniques and experience singing as a group. Many genres will be explored to create a diverse range of musical repertoire.

Orff Schulwerk: Music for Children
Orff adopts the idea of spontaneous music making, focusing on creative independence. Speech, movement, rhythm, singing, and playing of instruments are experienced to explore language and rhythm, rhythm and melody; and form and improvisation.

To introduce music literacy through instrumental study.

Steel Pan
To introduce students to the rudimentary skills of steel pan playing while exploring the four basic voices of music, and learning and applying the elements of music theory.  The students will learn and practice appropriate techniques such as rolls, right and left hand flams, and right and left hand double and triple sticking.  At the end of the program the orchestra should be able to perform a full simple composition in one key.

Step dancing was originated from African American Roots and is a form of percussive dance in which participant’s entire body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken words and hand claps. Students must learn to work as a group to produce a visual aesthetic while maintaining an audible orchestral sound.

Theatre Arts
This program teaches basic life skills for life-long learning.  Students will learn problem recognition and problem solving, conflict resolution, critical and creative thinking skills.  While strengthening the imagination for creative self-expression, students will learn how to discipline the voice and body, and focus the emotions for purposeful use, developing self-discipline.  Approaches will include theatre games; vocal exercise; scene improvisation; and scene performance.  This program will give students an opportunity to learn to communicate more proficiently, work independently as a member of a team, and to value the individual contributions of others.

Schools that have benefited from these programs: Julius E. Sprauve School, Head Start, Earth School, Pine Peace School & Coral Bay School (now The Gifft Hill School),  Guy Benjamin School, St. John Christian Academy,