KRISTEN TRIPLETT – STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Children’s School students got to drum along to popular music, take turns playing solos, and echo their classmates with call and response on Monday during a drumming class based on the Chautauqua Institution Arts Education School Residency program “Feelin’ the Beat”with Chautauqua’s Director of Arts Education Suzanne Fassett-Wright. For the students it was a chance to make some noise and have a great time, but the lesson is designed for more than just fun.
“Feelin’ the Beat,” a VSA Arts Connect All-Workshop/Residency program provided under contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, integrates music learning with social emotional skill development through drumming.
The program is one of Chautauqua Institution’s Art Education school residencies, which are taught in local schools throughout the school year — programs that are supported by the Court Family Endowment, Paul and Marnette Perry, Mark and Patt Suwyn, and David and Nancy Moore. “Feelin’ the Beat” will be back in the classroom after the season as children return to school —online or in person — with a program specially adapted to school needs and safety protocols.