The Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA) has hosted its summer conference at Belmont University for 24 years, and this week Belmont opened its doors for another round as TAA welcomed 275 K-12 educators to learn how to integrate performing arts into their classrooms.
The week offered intensive workshops in four disciplines – music, theatre, visual arts and an administrator’s module. Both nationally and internationally recognized clinicians taught sessions, but the program wasn’t spent entirely in the classroom. Participants had the opportunity to spend a portion of every day in performances, guest lectures and presentations.
In addition to the daily schedule educators attended the annual Academy Bravo Banquet featuring Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch. Other highlights of the week included a performance by violin virtuoso Jourdan Urback and presentations by choral conductor Eph Ehly, Broadway musical theatre performer Robert Westenburg and photographer Linda Solomon.
TAA Managing Director Frank Bluestein said the experience the teachers have during the conference is life changing for their students. “The educators get very focused information in their field of study and inspiration that helps reinvigorate them for the challenging school year ahead… they will go back to their classrooms and impact over 100,000 students from all across the state,” Bluestein said. Click here to see more photos from this event.