CCM AfterSchool

CCM AfterSchool Accepting Applications for Student Leaders

CCM students can now apply to participate in the CCM AfterSchool arts education program for the 2016-17 academic year.

The program partners with City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids initiative to unite college students with elementary students in furthering an appreciation and understanding of the arts. For six months during the school year, children are guided through a variety of creative lessons and activities by trained CCM student leaders after school each week.

“This program allows our college student to make a direct impact on the community by connecting them with children in local schools,” said CCM Director of Community Engagement Anne Cushing-Reid. “CCM AfterSchool fosters an appreciation for music, acting, and dance at a young age while also strengthening the professional development and leadership skills of the CCM students.”

The program focuses on providing access to the arts in hands-on lessons that support 21st century learning skills including creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Professional development sessions are provided each semester to familiarize CCM students with curriculum materials and activities as well as techniques for working successfully with elementary school aged children.

Interested CCM students must be at least a second year undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline. Email Anne Cushing-Reid at anne.cushing-reid@uc.edu for more information on the application process.

CCM student leaders are placed into teams and matched with a participating Cincinnati Public School where they lead weekly after-school sessions on topics including: the basics of rythm and beat, singing, instrument making and creative movement.

Potential student leaders will complete a survey that matches their availability to school needs and will also undergo an interview with program coordinators before they are officially hired. Once selected, student leaders receive a small payment for their time. Cincinnatus Scholars may use the program to fulfill service hour requirements in lieu of payment.

The Second Annual Back to School Charity Concert, a student-led fundraiser to support CCM AfterSchool, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Urban Artifact craft brewery. Organized by CCM jazz student James Tillman, the fundraising concert features performances from four bands made up of current CCM students and alumni.

The concert is open to the general public and admission is free but organizers will accept donations to the CCM AfterSchool program in cash or checks, made to the University of Cincinnati Foundation/CCM Whiz Kids. Proceeds go toward curriculum and professional development, materials, on-going assessment and coaching.

For more information visit the concert’s event page.

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CCM Village in the spring of 2014. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM Welcomes John Martin as Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of John William Martin to the position of Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement at CCM. Martin comes to CCM shortly after finishing his tenure as Executive Director of the Brookline Music School, a preparatory-style, community arts education institution in Brookline, Massachusetts.

John William Martin begins his tenure as CCM's Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement on Monday, April 13, 2015.

John William Martin.

In addition to Brookline, he has built a long career as a music administrator dating back to the 1980s: director of admissions and founding director of the Community Music School at Michigan State University; coordinator of music services, director of the Celebrity Artists Series and instructor in the Music Administration program at the University of Alabama; director of the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin; and arts coordinator for the Jefferson County School system in Florida.

As a flutist, Martin’s performing career has also been impressive. He served as principal flutist of the Wausau (WI) Symphony Chamber Orchestra and associate principal flutist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has also had several engagements as a teacher: flute instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Center, visiting lecturer for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and an artist-in-residence for the state arts councils of Florida, Wisconsin and Alabama.

Martin is currently a board member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and has served as chairperson of the Guild’s Central Great Lakes Chapter, as well a member of the Council of School Directors and the membership committee. He has served as a consultant to numerous community and university arts programs throughout the country and has been a participant in the National Guild’s Management Assessment Training Program.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, John William Martin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo (AL). He then earned a master of music degree in flute performance from Florida State University, where he studied under Charles DeLaney.

Martin’s other interests have included collaborations as both performer and composer with numerous dance companies including Happendance (Michigan’s oldest, continuing professional company), Children’s Dance Touring Theatre of Florida and dancers from the Martha Graham Company. He served as an officer on the board of directors and production manager of the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan, 2003-09.

Martin’s appointment reflects CCM’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its already innovative educational and community outreach programs. Martin officially joins CCM on Monday, April 13, 2015. Please join us in welcoming him to the CCM family!

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