in the Mornings
a grade school full of students, completely quiet, except
for the sound of classical music playing through all
the halls and in every classroom.
1999, that is exactly what has been happening at a growing
number of schools in the region, thanks to Britt's music
listening initiative called Music in the Mornings. For
five minutes at the beginning of every day, a selection
is played through the school's public address system
with an informative introduction read by the principal.
The same five-minute piece of music is played daily
for a week, allowing listeners to develop a familiarity
with the composer and his work. Each week features a
different composer and a "kid friendly" script about
the music. Children not only learn about the music,
they learn to experience the power and beauty of music
in the Mornings was designed by education specialists
in Canada (published by Tall Timbers Publishing Company).
The program provides a comprehensive learning opportunity
for students of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Modern research has shown that exposure to music at
an early age can have a significant impact on behavioral,
cognitive, creative and motor skill development. These
studies reinforce Britt's belief that music education
increases the likelihood children will develop into
adults who participate in the cultural well-being of
their communities, and foster similar programs for subsequent
with Jacksonville School in 1999, the program has grown
through Britt's support, gifts from businesses and individuals
and generous grants from numerous foundations to include
80 schools in southern Oregon, currently serving more
than 25,000 school children. The program continues to
grow, with a visual arts enhancement piece called "Five
times Five equals 25" provided to teachers beginning
in the spring of 2006. Beginning in the fall of 2006,
the Arianna String Quartet will begin the first phase
of school visits, performing live in 40 elementary schools,
using music from the listening program's repertoire.
project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon
Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts,
a federal agency.
program is funded through the generous support of the
following major sponsors: PGE Foundation, Wolf Creek
Partners, Britt Society and other contributors just
contact Joelle Graves at 541-779-0847, ext 122 if you
would like more information on how Music in the Mornings
can benefit your school.
Festivals is a non-profit organization that presents
and sponsors performing arts and supports those activities
through on-going education and audience development
programs and through cooperation with educational, civic,
cultural and governmental organizations in Southern
Oregon. In addition to maintaining a formal education
program, Britt honors its mission through the engagement
of the world's top performers representative of diverse