Concerts In Schools (K-12th grade)
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Each year students in the D.C. metropolitan area are invited to journey through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and visual arts. Concerts In Schools programs have a diverse roster of experienced Washington Performing Arts teaching artists/ensembles. The Washington Performing Arts teaching artists present performances which integrate artistic disciplines with other curricular areas, creating educational and interactive experiences for students.

Cost:
Washington Performing Arts offers a limited number of FREE Concerts in Schools programs to schools that receive Title One funding, on a first-come, first-served basis in Washington, DC; Montgomery or Prince George’s County in Maryland; or Arlington City, Alexandria City, Falls Church City or Fairfax County in Virginia. Schools that do not receive Title One funding or those that have available funds are eligible to apply for Concerts In Schools programming on a fee-for-service basis.

For more information and rates, please contact Washington Performing Arts Education Department.
What is the Concerts In Schools Program?

The Washington Performing Arts teaching artists conduct performance/demonstrations at participating schools. This model allows for students to learn through an assembly format; the program presents examples of the art form, engages students, and highlights curricular links.

What is a back-to-back performance?

Washington Performing Arts offers the back-to-back performance/demonstration format which covers two (2) performances on-site at a school within 3.0 hour time frames. This format allows the school to include majority of the students in the experience.

For example:

The first event is for younger grade levels; the second event is designed for upper grade levels. Each performance can be scheduled for 30mins (minimum) up to 1 hour (maximum). Artists/ensembles may opt to increase the length of a specific program after consultation with teacher.

What is a workshop-based program?

Washington Performing Arts provides in-school workshops in the visual arts. These workshops are for smaller groups of students.

  • Maximum of 30 students per class

  • Two (2) 1.5-hour back-to-back workshops, or One (1) 2.0-3.0-hour workshop

Step by Step—How to apply
Step 1: Visit WashingtonPerformingArts.org and review Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist Roster and make three (3) choices from roster.
Step 2: Go to the Washington Performing Arts Online Concerts In Schools application to make your request
Step 3: Washington Performing Arts contacts Teaching Artists and sends a confirmation to the school;
Step 4: Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist contacts school to schedule event;
Step 5: Washington Performing Arts will send an agreement form that the school contact and principal/administrator must sign which includes the date and time agreed upon with the artist. A copy of the agreement form will be sent to the artist;
Important:: Performance sessions cannot take place if agreement form is not signed in advance.
Step 6: Teacher reviews Artist Teaching Plan/Mini Lesson Plan in preparation for school event (sent to school contact by email with an agreement);
Step 7: Following the school performance session, the teacher completes and returns teacher evaluation.
Cancellation Policy:

Except in the event of inclement weather if a performance/demonstration is cancelled by a venue (school/center) without consent by Washington Performing Arts within 48 hours of the scheduled performance time and Artist arrives at the venue without knowledge of the cancellation, we will invoice the venue (school/center) the amount of $500. Cancellations due to inclement weather should be rescheduled as soon as possible. Please notify the Education Associate with any rescheduled dates.

For more information, please contact Koto Maesaka, Education Program Coordinator.

Support for the Concerts In Schools program is provided by Booz Allen Hamilton and Wells Fargo