Songbird Rising Scholarship Program

****************We have done it! We were able to award 10 scholarships to attend Songbird Rising String Camp! 8 of our 10 winners are featured in the picture above. The kids are beyond grateful. We are looking forward to making beautiful music together this summer. ********************

We would like to make  Songbird Rising String Camp available to students with economic constraints. This year we have chosen to work with UT elementary's Musical Lives program.  Your donation will provide the opportunity for these students to continue their study through the summer by attending a fantastic camp that they would not otherwise be able to afford. 

 Our goal is to award 10 scholarships this year!

Giving Levels
(A) Sponsor a deserving child for a session (2 weeks): $650
(B) Sponsor a deserving child for a week: $325
(C) Sponsor a deserving child for a day: $65

Any sponsorship you are willing to provide will be greatly appreciated by the child!

Here is some information on both programs!

Songbird Rising String Camp in a nutshell

Designed to present a unique opportunity for young string players in Austin TX, Songbird Rising String Camp utilizes a diverse approach and theme ­driven curriculum, along with Suzuki ­rooted teaching to support and evolve a foundation of joy, skill and creative self-expression in music ­ acknowledging the needs of the whole musician. A simply awesome Suzuki summer camp for Austin!

A typical day after arriving at camp will include a brief welcome, three group classes, two short breaks, an hour for lunch (with a playground!) and any two of a masterclass, singing, yoga, guest workshop or art. Each day is completed with a round of student performances!

Who can come?
6 - ­11 year ­old Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass players. We accommodate students who can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Variations through to Suzuki book 4 students.

Diversity of activities
The camp offers a wide range of activities including group class, masterclass, singing, yoga, swimming, daily performance opportunities, improvisation, teachers corner, guest performances, workshops and the end-­of-camp final performance.

Benefits we have seen in our students
● Increased stamina from playing 2­4 hours a day for two weeks
● Increased motivation for daily practice
● Improved technique
● Comfortability with trying new things
● Meeting others in the musical community

Musical Lives at UT Elementary
Musical Lives is a community program that aims to provide high­ quality musical experiences for children while developing a commitment to working in underserved communities among Butler School undergraduate and graduate students.

Initiated by the Butler School of Music as an outreach program for children at UT Elementary School, a charter school in East Austin, it directly provides access to instrumental music in areas of the community where instruction is limited by economic constraints.

Musical Lives also creates an environment to train the education leaders of tomorrow. By utilizing the well-­established effectiveness of the Butler School’s String Project —a teacher development program—it serves as a living laboratory in which undergraduate and graduate students can refine their pedagogical skills as they experience the rewards in helping young children achieve meaningful goals.

In the fall of 2014, the program’s inaugural session began with the aspiration that it will expand to include children from a wider range of neighborhoods in Austin and the surrounding area.


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