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Teaching Scholars Program - Outreach

IIA Teaching Scholars In-School Service Program

The Teaching Scholars program was introduced in Fall 2010 in partnership with the GMU School of Music. Exceling Mason music education majors are awarded a "Teaching Scholars" scholarship, funded in part by the Instruments in the Attic (IiA) program. As part of their scholarship responsibilities, scholars gain hands-on experiences working with school age children, grades 4-6, in faculty directed curriculums in selected area schools and/or community organizations.

Through this program, elementary school children are given supplemental instruction to enrich their music experiences, along with instruments provided via our Instruments in the Attic program to use and practice with during the program's duration.

Instruction takes place once a week in the selected school during after school hours. Experiences include direct instrumental teaching and other musical study such as improvisation, listening, and composition.

Participating Elementary school students are selected by the school's music teachers and administration, based on interest, ability and financial need. These students participate for the entire academic year, and are loaned an Instruments in the Attic - donated instrument to use while in the program.

The Teaching Scholars also assist with one GMU campus visit for the students each semester. These field trips include attendance of a School of Music concert performance. Partnering schools assist with the transportation logistics.

The Potomac Arts Academy currently has Teaching Scholars programs in the following local schools:

  • Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts in Falls Church

Interested area schools should contact the Potomac Arts Academy to find out more details on how to get a Teaching Scholars program established in your school.
Phone: 703-993-9889

"Taking part in the Teaching Scholars program has been a real treat of mine this year and I am delighted to have been able to share my love of music with such fine and deserving young musicians at Woodburn. The ability to witness musical progress and individual growth throughout my time at Woodburn was and continues to be a great reward and source of personal inspiration. Seeing students' faces light up with joy and enthusiasm during each and every class was a powerful reminder of the importance of what music educators do on a daily basis. Music is a vital component of a complete and well-rounded education and I truly believe that the outreach work of the Potomac Arts Academy is changing the lives of countless students for the better."
Vincent Prinzivalli
BM Music Education, GMU Class of 2012

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