A story from the MusicianCorps Seattle pilot year.
“Day five” was one key component of the MusicianCorps pilot year model. During days one through four, the Fellows worked full-time at their sites, delivering music education and service work. (For more on days one through four, see “Classtime”). On “Day Five”, the Fellows met with Tina LaPadula — Arts Corps Education Director and MusicianCorps Team Lead — for needed reflection, professional development and group service.
What did “day five” look like? One example is the Musical Tools for Literacy workshop. In February 2010, the Fellows delivered this workshop to 55 members of Washington Reading Corps, a statewide service corps that improves literacy in K-6 students through tutoring and effective collaborations among schools, families, community members. With rhythm, movement, expression exercises, the MusicianCorps Fellows taught tools useful for WRC’s literacy work.
Other day fives? Throughout the pilot year, MusicianCorps Seattle Fellows led and participated in over 20 service learning events, including days of Service at Griffin Home and Leon Sullivan; a Brazilian Percussion workshop at the Center School; engaging performances at the Imagination Conversation, AmeriCorps Launch, MLK Day Celebration and Guiding Lights Conference; a service learning workshop with Seattle Public Schools; a fieldtrip with Leschi Elementary School students; and a Volunteer Day at World Rhythm Festival. Day fives also included time for guided reflection, and professional development — such as studio sessions or website building workshops.
Stay tuned for more about another special day five: studio time with Kennedy Center Fellow, Monishia Schoeman.