Photo by John Alexander
Yacouba Sissoko, Laiken Love, Anders Thomsen and company bring schoolchildren onstage at the Trustees Theatre
This week, more than 10,000 local K-2 students are attending Savannah Music Festival’s (SMF) Musical Explorers concerts at Trustees Theatre.
The series, from Dec. 3-7, presents soul songstress Laiken Love (soul music), country artist Anders Thomsen (country) and Mali's Yacouba Sissoko.
Musical Explorers serves public, private and homeschooled students in urban and rural settings across Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh (GA), Jasper and Beaufort (SC) Counties. With 56 area schools now participating, 79% of students attend Title 1 schools and 85% are eligible for Free and Reduced School Meals.
“This phenomenal program strikes all the right notes, in school and beyond,” remarks SCCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Ann Levett.
"Over the past four years, SMF has introduced students and teachers to eighteen musical styles through curriculum guides, an interactive website, teacher trainings and classroom exercises that help integrate music into general classroom studies," says a Festival spokesperson.
"The year-round music education program was developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), and is funded and produced entirely by SMF. Musical Explorers is offered free of charge to all participants. Modeled after the WMI program that highlights the music and culture of NYC’s five boroughs, SMF’s Musical Explorers focuses specifically on the diverse musical communities of the southeastern US," the Festival says.