Posted September 24, 2018 12:01:00 The University of Madison is making an offer for a new musical program for the old school, middle school and high school.
The program, dubbed “Old School Music” by the UW, is a collaboration between Madison’s Music Center and Madison-Madison Arts Center.
“This is an opportunity for our students to learn new music and perform at a high level while working on their senior year projects,” said UW Director of Music Operations Scott Taylor.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity and we want to make sure we do it right.”
The UW and Madison’s Arts Center are partnering to create a new music program for middle schoolers and high schools that combines the traditional old school experience with modern elements, Taylor said.
The program will be offered during the school year beginning in September and continue through the end of the school’s school year in 2021.
The new music will focus on a variety of genres, ranging from jazz to classical and traditional rock.
Music will be presented by Madison-based artist and former Madison City Council member Mike Gansler, who will serve as a mentor to students in the program.
Taylor said he wants the new music to “bring a fresh perspective” to the old, and he hopes the program will spark an appreciation for what makes the old a great place to learn.
“We’re excited to bring this new music into the community and offer students the opportunity to experience a more contemporary sound and a new way to experience music,” he said.
The UW is one of only three music programs in the United States that has a focus on old school.
The other two are the UW-Madison’s Center for Creative Excellence and the UW’s College of Music.
“Our goal is to create an atmosphere that’s more exciting, more engaging and more fun than what they’ve done before,” said Madison City Schools Superintendent Chris Smith.
“That’s what we want our students, their families and faculty to do.”
For more information on Madison’s new musical curriculum, go to music.utah.edu/oldschool