After School Program

Supply Drive Initiative

Masterclass Series

Latin American
Exchange

After School Program

Volta Music Foundation’s After-School Program gives students in Title I schools the opportunity to benefit from music education. In many of these schools music education has been defunded due to lack of resources. Students enrolled in Volta’s after-school programs receive musical instruction, instruments, and classroom materials.

Students have access to a variety of classes including:

  • Group Instrumental Lessons and Choir Classes
  • Music History, Theory, and Composition Classes
  • Community Building Sessions with Guests Artists

Volta’s After School Program meets three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in group sessions at participating schools or using the Volta Music Foundation Google Classroom from home. Lessons are divided into two sessions of 50 minutes, each with a 10 minute break. These programs have a duration of 11-12 weeks per semester. Friday Funday is open to all students registered in the After School Program. This includes one hour of musical learning, games, and guest artists presentations. In this class students learn exciting facts about the orchestra’s instruments and get the opportunity to make musical compositions with the Music Lab website.

Current participating schools include:

  • Plumosa School of the Arts
  • U.B Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts
  • South Olive Elementary school
  • Lake Park Elementary school
  • Wellington Elementary
  • Egret Lake Elementary School
  • Berkshire Elementary School
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The repertoire draws on the principles of the Suzuki method, which uses a common set of solo music for skill development, and progresses in a step-by-step manner so that students are engaged but not overwhelmed by new skills. We are constantly reviewing pieces and use a lot of game-based learning to keep teaching fun and exciting. The songs themselves draw on countries around the world, with an emphasis on performing the works of minority and women composers.

In addition to skill-building in the instrument, students will study music theory and history, to truly understand where music comes from, how it works, and how it applies to their instrument. We are using Music Mind games for our music theory curriculum, which is a game-based music theory program that allows students to experience a new concept in a playful way. Students also work on music composition, so they can develop the tools to express themselves. Our music history program explores the development of music through the ages, in the context of world history, art, and architecture. It is designed to help students think critically and explore themselves.

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As educators for the Volta Music Foundation, teachers receive individual in-depth training on the repertoire sequence and how to teach it, as well as sessions throughout the term to review lesson plans and student progress. Teachers also meet as a team to receive seminars on social-emotional learning, neuroscience, and best teaching practices. These group sessions are designed to be interactive and build a sense of community. Teachers receive group and one-on-one training and support, to help them craft meaningful lesson plans, develop positive classroom management strategies, and get first-hand experience with working with students of varying abilities and backgrounds in a group setting. Teachers are provided with repertoire and exercises and encouraged to develop their own methods for delivering the materials that are engaging and developmentally appropriate. Our team also meets regularly to receive seminars on social-emotional learning, neuroscience, best teaching practices, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

Master Class Series

Volta Music Foundation’s Masterclass Series gives promising Latin American music students the opportunity to learn from performing teaching artists in the United States.

During this series, Masterclass Mentors help participating music students prepare for university and performance auditions by giving them the opportunity to receive critical feedback on their technique.

We have welcomed students from Cuba, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Mexico to our Masterclass Series – and in doing so – have opened the door for these students to be recognized and recruited for possible future studies in the United States.

Masterclasses are free and conducted in Spanish. Each class can admit 2-4 students to perform for 30 minutes each. They only require online registration for participation as an audience member or performer.

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Latin American Exchange Program

Volta Music Foundation provides cultural exchange and study-abroad opportunities to promising young musicians through a dual-purpose Latin American Exchange Program.

Cultural Exchange

Volta Music Foundation seeks to build connections with Latin American students through cultural exchange visits. During these visits, talented professors from universities and conservatories in the United States travel to designated schools in Latin America to host free group lessons, workshops, masterclasses, and concerto competitions. They also bring with them much needed music supplies facilitated through Volta’s Supply Drive Initiative.

To date – we have hosted cultural exchange programs in Cuba, Chile, and Panama.

Study-Abroad

Volta Music Foundation prepares Latin American students for study abroad opportunities in the United States. During cultural exchange visits, we identify talented Latin American musicians and pair them with Universities and Conservatories in the United States.

Volta covers the cost of administrative and travel fees for participating students, while helping student prepare for this exciting chapter in their lives!

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Supply Drive Initiative

Volta Music Foundation’s Supply Drive Initiative was created with the goal of delivering much-needed music supplies to students in underserved communities in the United States and Latin America.

We collaborate with musicians, symphony orchestras, conservatories, violin shops, and music stores to collect lightly used instruments and materials that are then donated to students who lack musical resources.

Through our Supply Drive Initiative, we have been able to deliver much-needed music supplies to students in Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the United States. We are incredibly grateful to everyone in Volta’s music community who has helped make this program a success.

We accept donations year-round of the following materials:

  • Any Musical Instruments
  • Instrument Supplies (i.e. bows, strings, reeds, rosin, shoulder rests.)
  • Music Scores for All Instruments
  • Music Scores for Ensembles
  • Classroom Supplies (i.e. manuscript paper, notebooks
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Past Exchange Programs

Chile 2019

The Volta Music Foundation Team visited Chile in 2019 to deliver much needed supplies to schools and youth orchestras. We also offered free masterclasses to students from Fundación Música para la Integración, Colegio Técnico Profesional Nocedal, and Orquesta Juvenil Lo Barnechea.

A total of fifty students benefited from this cultural exchange program.

Havana Classical Music Fest

Volta Music Foundation created The Havana Classical Music Fest, a week-long workshop with the mission to give music opportunities to young music students in Havana, Cuba.

This Festival is open to the public and includes free masterclasses in Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Piano for students between the ages of 12 – 18.

Suzuki Workshops are offered to students under the age of 10. The Volta Team also hosts workshops on bow maintenance for string players and repairs selected instruments at no charge.

The Havana Classical Music Fest concludes with a Concerto Competition open to participating students between the ages of 12 – 18. This competition is an opportunity for students to perform one movement of a selected concerto with the symphony orchestra.

Masterclass participants are selected in advance by the Havana Classical Music Fest professors and asked to perform a solo repertoire as well as a chamber music work.

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