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South Shore Conservatory Pilots Arts & Literacy Program

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Apr 16, 2013
Hingham, MA

Through a new partnership with the Hull public school district, South Shore Conservatory is piloting their cutting-edge arts and literacy program, jumpstARTS. The program, now in residence at the Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School, capitalizes on children’s easy engagement in the arts to support academic skill development and create a love of reading. It allows all children, regardless of age, ability level or previous musical experiences to engage with material in a playful, nurturing way. The multi-sensory nature of these sessions is designed to give students numerous opportunities to be successful and connect with the material, regardless of their present level of literacy learning.

The jumpstARTS program was created by the Conservatory to further its mission of providing access to quality education in the arts. Through its Community Partnerships Department, the Conservatory creates programs to reach out to schools and organizations that serve individuals with specific needs that can be creatively and successfully addressed through the arts. The Hull public school district was chosen as a pilot location for the jumpstARTS partnership because of the enthusiasm of school faculty and administrators to work with SSC to address specific needs within the schools.

About South Shore Conservatory

Founded in 1971, South Shore Conservatory provides instruction in music and the performing arts to more than 2,500 students at its two beautiful facilities in Hingham and Duxbury.  The Conservatory offers private and group instrument and voice instruction in classical, jazz, rock and world genres. Musicianship and theory classes, a certificate program for motivated young musicians, chamber music, jazz combos and the Bay Youth Symphony further enhance the education experience.  A new popular performing arts track – TEMPO - includes Acting for the Camera, Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Stylings and courses in music technology, recording and sound engineering in a state of the art recording studio.  The Conservatory boasts a highly rated arts based pre-school and kindergarten as well as a sequential curriculum for children ages 1-7 including Music Together, Suzuki training, acting, recorder classes, and creative movement. The Adult Education program includes a wide range of appreciation classes and hands on instruction opportunities. The Conservatory’s 11 year old resident opera company, Opera by the Bay, produces two staged operas each year. Sequential ballet instruction is offered in partnership with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  Evenings Under the Stars brings professional performances to more than 4,000 audience members each summer and The Duxbury Music Festival’s renowned guest faculty draws an international student body for this two week resident education and performance festival.  Summer Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Institute, BaYS Summer Strings, and Flute Symphony make summer the Conservatory’s busiest season. To further its mission the Conservatory has a growing Music Therapy Department and a Community Partnerships program that works with schools, community service organizations and other arts agencies to provide access to arts education to schools and underserved youth in the region.

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Pictured Above: South Shore Conservatory Music Specialist Holly Marshall engages Hull preschool students and their teachers through jumpstARTS arts and literacy program. Photo by Michelle McGrath

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