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

Music At Home Online Academy

Music At Home - Tucson Unified School District - Fine Arts

Letter to Parents, July 1, 2020 (in PDF)

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, TUSD Fine and Performing Arts is pleased to offer our student musicians in grades 6-12 the Music at Home Academy. This program provides a unified online platform serving the entire district for our secondary instrumental and vocal music courses including Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz, Guitar, Piano and Mariachi.

Due to the current pandemic crisis, students may not be able to safely play wind instruments, or sing in large groups on campus until we receive the results of major scientific studies currently underway. There are many other aspects of becoming a musician that can be explored in on-campus courses while they perform at home.

To support this Academy, TUSD has purchased SmartMusic and Breezin' Thru Theory (online software subscriptions) for our music students in grades 6-12. Every secondary student enrolled in an oncampus music course will automatically be enrolled in Music at Home to complete their performance assignments.

Whether your student has selected "Classroom Learning" at our schools or "Remote Learning" from home, they will be able to participate in this enhanced, interactive music academy. (See www.tusd1.org/NextSteps2020 to learn more about the Classroom Learning and Remote Learning options offered in the 2020-2021 school year.) This will provide a consistent and unified approach which will allow our talented teachers to foster the music excellence for which TUSD is known. Students desperately need these activities during our crisis to provide continuity of instruction and emotional relief.

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Program Features

  • Free enrollment in two powerful online software tools: SmartMusic and Breezin' Thru Theory
  • Participation in multiple ensembles
  • Online recitals
  • Special digital presentations from Master Teachers
  • Student collaboration
  • Equitable and centralized instruction
  • Available all year to all music students in grades 6-12
  • Available 24/7 to provide complete flexibility for each home
  • Standardized and consistent instruction
  • Student audio and video submissions for feedback

Drawing of Peacock with musical notes Photo of student playing clarinet at computer screen Circle of musical staff with notes and clef signs

Photo of student playing saxophone at computer screen

About SmartMusic

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  • Maintain access to quality music education whether in person or online
  • Play, record, listen and self-evaluate at their own pace
  • Play individual musical parts with full accompaniment
  • Submit performance recordings to their teachers
  • Receive grades based on individual performance of specific music benchmarks
  • Explore a complete library of instrumental and choral music (including Mariachi)
  • Available 24/7 to facilitate flexibility at home

About Breezin' Thru Theory

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  • Complete instructional lessons on reading music notation
  • Engage in interactive tools and games
  • Submit benchmark assessments in music knowledge
  • Participate in grade-specific activities from grade 5 through College AP
  • Learn how music compositions are created
  • Progress in a flexible manner - students move at their own pace
  • Access 24/7 to facilitate flexibility at home

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