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Fine and Performing Arts | 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-4900 | joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

What's New

  • EMC CultureGrams
    Educational Materials Center (EMC) has initiated a way to encourage digital outreach within the district. Our goal is to highlight cultural events, as well as online educational tools that go hand-in-hand with the topic presented. We will include objects from our collection and other online collections from national and international institutions like the Metropolitan and Smithsonian.

    November Culture Gram
    October Culture Gram

     

     

  • We're proud to announce the Music At Home Academy!
  • TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Presents at Music Program Leaders Forum

     

    View complete presentation: Orchestrating Purposeful Leadership (in PDF).

Sabino and Magee Electrify their Symphonies!

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

TUSD Transportation Workers Assist Fine Arts With Pandemic Safety Measures

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Transportation Department employees, (left to right) Kathy Ringo, Linda Kahle, Grace Burleigh, and Shena McDuffie, create bell covers for TUSD horn students.

Photo of bus driver sewing bell covers
Bus driver, Linda "Kansas" Kahle,
cuts stretch cloth for bell covers.

Tucson Unified School District's transportation drivers are lending their talented skills to protect music students and staff during the pandemic. With the limited number of students physically attending school, bus drivers are available to assist other departments. TUSD Transportation Department has placed four of their employees on loan to TUSD's Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Bus drivers Linda "Kansas" Kahle, Shena McDuffie, Kathy Ringo, and bus monitor Grace Burleigh, are all skilled seamstresses who have already created over 6,700 colorful cloth face masks for district employees and students. Currently, they are lending their sartorial skills to making cloth bell covers for wind instruments.

Music educators across the nation are concerned with the germ-laden aerosols wind instruments produce. Bell covers act like face masks for brass and woodwind instruments, preventing the aerosols from spreading.

For the past week, the four transportation workers have been bringing their sewing machines into the Fine Arts workroom and setting up a production line to produce 1,100 bell covers of various sizes. From small ones for clarinets, to larger ones for trumpets and trombones, with the largest for tubas.

It is pleasure to have the work room, once again, bustling with energy. The collaborative spirit of Transportation lending a hand to Fine Arts is evidence of how TUSD teamwork is meeting the challenge of keeping our students and staff safe.

Music At Home Academy - For All Music Students in Grades 6-12


Music at Home with the Doolen Honors Band under Dr. McLain

Learn more at www.tusd1.org/MusicAtHome

46 TUSD Students Receive the Arizona Arts Seal in 2020

46 TUSD Graduating Seniors Receive The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency in Spring 2020

In the inaugural year of Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, 2019-2020, 46 TUSD scholars from eight district high schools created capstone projects in music, dance, visual art, theater, and media arts that were adjudicated to be worthy of recognition from the Arizona Department of Education.

Even though the final semester for the class of 2020 has been filled with many challenges, the committee charged with vetting the students' art did not want their hard work to be overlooked. The school closure prompted students to creatively design methods to present their work online and final interviews were conducted through Zoom.

Fine and Performing Arts Showcase

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Musicians from Magee and Sabino "Electrify their Symphonies" with Mark Wood

Photo of symphony with Mark WoodsInternational star Mark Wood, from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, performed with musicians from Magee Middle School and Sabino High School on Feb. 25, 2020, at Sabino High School, in "Electrify Your Symphony," part of The Ultimate Tour.

The event transformed the student symphonies into full-fledged rock orchestras, playing exciting arrangements of contemporary pop music, plus selections by AC/DC, The Beatles, and more. Wood performed with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin.

Wood and his team worked directly with the school orchestra directors to tailor-design a rock orchestra make-over. The process builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers, creating a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation, on stage and off. To prepare for the concert, Wood worked with the students on improvisation composition, and personal expression.

Photo of symphony with Mark WoodsMark Wood, owner and operator of Wood Violins, studied under Leonard Bernstein and is a Julliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. Wood has worked with numerous pop stars, including Celine Dion, Lenny Kravits, and Billy Joel.

For more information on Electrify Your Symphony! please visit www.electrifyyourstrings.com.
To find out more about Mark Wood, please visit www.markwoodmusic.com.
The Viper electric violin is manufactured by Mark’s company, Wood Violins, www.woodviolins.com.

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

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    Joan Ashcraft, DMA, Director
    2025 E. Winsett
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    Phone: (520) 225-4900
    Fax: (520) 225-4863
    joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

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