When Words Fail
This is a video created by our school district highlighting Sonic Expressions, the inclusive GenEd SpEd general music and performance program at Spring Valley Academy.
Overview of planning and execution process for this project
Although we knew my March we would be filming, I chose not to inform the students, instead relying on their spontaneity and energy. So the only planning was in the message we wanted to convey: Music is for all, regardless of ability, mental or physical capacity or social/economic status. As several of our students are non-verbal it made sense to emphasis that “When words fail, music speaks”, a quote attributed to Hans Christian Andersen.
Sponsors/charities/volunteers/ other groups involved in the project and the benefits to each.
The project has also created a permanent record of the students accomplishments, a recruitment tool, a goal setting reminder to future students, and a feature for our campus in an increasingly competitive atmosphere; our school enrollment is in decline due to area specialty schools and charter schools.
As an added bonus, after showing the video on campus a number of students requested schedule changes for next year, changing their 2019-2020 electives to join Sonic Expressions.
Specific Budget Breakdown
New or recurring project?New Project
Challenges/obstacles that were encountered
(Mobilizing the marching band takes less effort then mobilizing our staff and district)
Selecting a date by which the middle school students would be most confident and professional, needing minimal guidance took the most planning however. We had had a successful concert on March 12th followed by our two week spring break, and so were able to record in the second week of April.
Measurement of the success/effectiveness of this project?
Another indicator of success was the pride the students shown in their work. They originally had no idea what they were getting into the fall of 2018, but after seeing THEIR video there was no doubt; they knew they had worked hard and accomplished something good.
And finally, after showing the video on campus a number of students requested schedule changes for next year, changing their 2019-2020 electives to join Sonic Expressions.
Advice for someone looking to replicate this project in their own community?