OrKidstra brings music education home with virtual learning
OrKidstra’s new approach brings the magic of music education onto a virtual stage!
OTTAWA, Ont. – March 27, 2020 – During these challenging times, OrKidstra is finding innovative and creative ways to continue empowering kids and building community through music. Guided by OrKidstra’s spirit of love, courage and excellence, the Ottawa-based charity is proud to announce that it has now launched OrKidstra @ Home, a multi-layered, virtual learning strategy for its current students and beyond! This new approach combines creativity and technology in a fun and accessible way to help benefit OrKidstra students of all ages and empower them to continue building success – and brighten their days – with music at home. Learn more in our new OrKidstra @ Home video!
All of OrKidstra’s six after-school programs (KiddlyWinks, KidSingers, KidDrummers, KidPlayers, KidSingers and OrKidstra) will be included in OrKidstra @ Home. This new way of connecting allowing current students to continue to be involved! Expertly guided by OrKidstra’s artistic/programming staff and professional Teaching Artists, OrKidstra will engage and connect with students through:
- Virtual methods including pre-recorded practice recordings, sing-along/play-along and instructional videos
- Live connections through online instrumental lessons
- Encouraging students to participate in “practice challenges”
- Frequent, fun virtual “hangouts,” online group activities, live stream performances and so much more!
OrKidstra staff, including Program Coordinator Nico Hoekstra (email@example.com), are actively reaching out to the families of current students to offer and encourage engagement through this new virtual approach. OrKidstra @ Home will continue throughout the summer months as OrKidstra continues to fill kids’ lives with the joy of music.
CEO & Artistic Director Tina Fedeski, MSM, is enthusiastic about OrKidstra @ Home and the organization’s creative spirit and optimism under such difficult circumstances. “Now more than ever, we want to give our OrKidstra students that sense of connection and continue building our community through music. I’m so proud that the OrKidstra team has created such an engaging plan to bring music education home for our students and beyond! And our students are excited: there has been incredible success connecting through this new approach and this is only the first week! During this time of physical distancing, we’re grateful for the community’s continued support as we find innovative, virtual ways to help empower kids and build community through music.”
To help families bring music education home, OrKidstra is proud to share free access to its popular and engaging online KiddlyWinks videos! Originally designed for OrKidstra’s in-school students, the Ottawa-based charity is proud to share these videos with a wider audience. Through virtual learning with KiddlyWinks Director Venessa Lachance, elementary school-age children across the world can discover the wonderful world of music through these fun, professionally filmed videos. Visit https://orkidstra.ca/programs/kiddlywinks-intro/ to learn more.
OrKidstra is a charitable social development program for children aged 5 to 18 living in under-served areas of Ottawa, Canada. The organization’s mission is to empower kids and build community through the universal language of music. Inspired by El Sistema, OrKidstra carries out its mission by providing over 800 children, from 62 cultural and linguistic backgrounds, with free group and individual music lessons and the chance to learn important life skills like respect, compassion, teamwork and responsibility through playing and singing together. Learn more by visiting orkidstra.ca.
Rebecca Russell, Development & Communications Officer
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