Opening Minds through the Arts

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The Art of Well Rounded Education

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Opening Minds through the Arts

Inspired by exciting, ongoing research into connections between brain development and music, Tucson's Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA program) is a leader in a national movement to integrate arts education with core curriculum.

OMA uses instrumental music, opera, dance, theater and visual arts to help teach reading, writing, math and science to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Each fully implemented OMA school has an Arts Integration Specialist and a team of seven artists who work alongside classroom teachers, adapting each lesson to support teaching of core content and knowledge. In addition, children learn to play the recorder, violin, a wind instrument and keyboard. In Tucson, the OMA program employs 26 artists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Company, University of Arizona Schools of Music and Dance and other arts organizations to teach 30-minute, twice-weekly classes for 36 weeks of the school year that support core curriculum goals.

OMA brings the arts to Tucson Unified School District classrooms as a means of ...
  • Teaching core curriculum
  • Improving test scores
  • Fostering cognitive development
  • Igniting love and understanding of the arts
  • Narrowing the gap between less-privileged and more-privileged students
  • Building community
  • Encouraging self-expression
  • Supporting the arts

OMA selected to present at The American Alliance for Theatre Education

  • Congratulations to OMA Arts Integration Team for National Conference Selection!

       Select the following link for the complete story OMA for National Conference Selection

  • A Unique Opera-tunity with World Famous Tenor

    The Tucson Desert Songfest provided internationally recognized opera singer Arturo Chacon-Cruz to

    the OMA Opera students at Fruchthendler Elementary School on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

    "Mr. Arturo", as the students called him, was interviewed by OMA Opera Teaching Artist Juan Aguirre

    (also a close friend of his) who posed questions about the discipline, risk taking, interpretation, and passion

    necessary for him to achieve his dream.


    Click on the following link to see the complete story A Unique Opera-tunity with World Famous Tenor


    Mr. Arturo and OMA Opera students at Fruchthendler Elementary School Link to the video




OMA Showcase

OMA Showcase - Watch Here!

If you missed the OMA Showcase on May 4, now you can catch it again here! Featuring 300+ OMA students, including...

  • Creative puppets, vignettes, and finale parade made by OMA students and their teachers from Bloom, Howell, Kellond, Sewell, Van Buskirk, and Wright
  • Kellond 2nd grade OMA dance entitled "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain"
  • Blenman 5th grade OMA dance entitled "Transitions"
  • Borman 1st grade original OMA opera entitled "Bohemian Rat City"
  • The OMA Honor Choid - 150+ Students representing district elementary schools, directed by Jennifer Wortman
  • Special Guest: Jorvet, Tucson High Magnet School's Steel Drums under the direction of Khris Dodge



      Take a moment to enjoy photo's from our Instructional Design for the Arts Summer Institute!

       IDeA 2019

Opening Minds throug the Arts


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