CSA Student Performa‍‍‍nce S‍‍‍eries

The CSA Student Performance Series gives the opportunity for local students to encounter the arts firsthand through free performances of the CSA theatrical dress rehearsals.  In addition to igniting a passion for theatre in the‍‍‍ hearts of students, CSA hopes that it can be an educational experience as well.  An Educator’s Guide is made available to teachers to be used in conjunction with each performance.  These guides are designed to incorporate state standards into academic lesson plans connected to each performances while also giving students a glimpse of the artistic experience of the theatre.  A question and answer session is held at the conclusion of the performance, where students are able to talk and ask questions to the cast and crew of each show.  Contact CSA at 765-662-6263 or info@csa-marion.com for more information regarding upcoming Student Performance Series.

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Email: info@csa-marion.com

Community School of the Arts
305 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46952


Marion Community School of the Arts is a 501 (C) (3) Not-for-profit organization. 


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The Indiana Arts Commission’s Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) arts integration research program is establishing a model for elementary schools and artists / arts organizations to achieve long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships in the classroom. PACE matches teaching artists with classrooms for focused, year-long arts experiences aligning with academic curriculum, and integrated into classroom literacy activities.

Utilizing songs, rhythm exercises, chants, rhymes and movement, we will explore music and its benefits in developing early literacy skills. Simple songs will be introduced. Listening skills will be enhanced and various patterns (both rhythmic and melodic/harmonic) will be explored. Because music is processed in both hemispheres of the brain, current research is showing the multi-faceted benefits of music on the child's overall brain development. The program we plan to implement will include classic children's stories, nursery rhymes, poetry and fold songs in order to enter a world of language and learning, beauty and sound with young students to stimulate‍‍‍ their minds, bodies and souls. The Community School of the Arts will partner with Marion Community Schools for twenty weeks in the 2018-2019 school year to provide this program in two second grade classrooms at Kendall Elementary School.

Music Faculty - Kendra Hoffert
Kendra Hoffert was born and raised a southern Indiana farm girl. She holds a B.S. in psychology (with a minor in voice) from Trevecca Nazerene University and M.M.E. with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Kansas. A classically trained vocalist who plays piano and guitar, she currently gives vocal instruction to young singers at the Community School of the Arts in Marion. She has also led small groups of 2-8 year olds at CSA utilizing the Edwin Gordon Music Learning Theory concepts. Since 2013, she has been employed at Indiana Wesleyan University teaching music therapy courses and supervising music therapy practicum students. She is a board-certified music therapist. Kendra has experience particpating in and leading a wide variety of musical rehearsals and performances. Kendra and her husband, Joe, have three children: Sophia, William, and Annabelle and live in Marion, IN.

The Sycamore Project

2017-2018 Student Performance Resources‍‍‍

The Real Inspector Hound

5th & 6th grades

The Nutcracker

3rd & 4th grades

The Lion King Jr.

1st & 2nd grades

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