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The Sycamore Project

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.

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Community School of the Arts
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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.

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