BRAVO! Music Appreciation
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An Ecoscore inspired by composer, Steve Heitzeg, and created by Burroughs students.

If you know the difference between The Beatles and Bach, you can teach BRAVO!

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about BRAVO, please see the information below or contact Alyssa Northrop at alyssahn@gmail.com.

What are BRAVO lessons?
 
The 2017-2018 BRAVO Program consists of six, 30-minute lessons. The theme this year is Behind the Scenes and includes the following selections:
 
• Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite
 
• Beethoven: First Movement from Symphony No. 5
 
• Prokofiev: Troika from the Lieutenant Kiji Suite
 
• Joplin: The Maple Leaf Rag 
 
• Copland: Hoedown from the Rodeo Suite 
 
• Mozart: Excerpts from The Magic Flute
 
Where and when is the BRAVO training, and what is included?
 
BRAVO training sessions take place at:
Edina Schmitt Music
Southdale Square
2906 66th Street West
Edina, MN 55423
952.920.5080
 
Volunteers attend a 2-hour training session in the fall, which covers the first three lessons, and a second training session in late winter, which covers the last three lessons. The BRAVO program provides each volunteer with a curriculum handbook and flash drive with powerpoint presentations of the lessons. During the training sessions, the BRAVO training leader reviews the lessons in detail, providing loads of ideas that you may choose from to use in your classroom presentations. There is no need to RSVP or register for the training classes.
 
Fall 2017 Training Dates 
  • Tuesday, October 24th 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Monday, November 6th 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday, November 9th 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Monday, November 13th 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 14th 10:30am-12:30pm
 
 
When and how do I schedule BRAVO lessons with the teacher?
 
You may schedule your lessons for any day and time that is mutually convenient for you and your teacher. Contact your teacher to tell him/her that you are the Bravo volunteer, and ask what days and times would work for scheduling lessons. Schedule lessons as far in advance as possible. This will ensure that you get the times you want, and make you less likely to fall behind. Tip: Ask the teacher for 30-40 minutes for each lesson, and find out whether (s)he needs you to end promptly. If the teacher is on a tight schedule, be sure to wrap it up at the agreed time.
 
Please try to schedule your first three lessons before the end of January, and the next three lessons by mid-May. Teachers generally prefer to space the lessons about once a month. If you feel you are falling behind or cannot complete your lessons, please contact the Bravo coordinator as soon as possible.
 
Partner Volunteers
It is best if either:
• You teach the first three lessons, and your partner teaches the last three lessons (Or the other way around)
or
• You teach all the lessons together as a team
 
Classroom teachers and students need to have as much continuity as possible, so teaching every other Bravo lesson is not a good plan. It can also make scheduling difficult for everyone.
 
How do I prepare for my BRAVO lessons?
 
After you attend training, look over the curriculum handbook and think about what appeals to you about the lesson. There is a lot of information to choose from, so focus on the things that interest you.
 
You are also encouraged to try the Powerpoint presentations, which are provided on the BRAVO DVD. You can arrange the slides in whatever order you want, then talk through the slides for your presentation. Volunteers who try the Powerpoints think that they save a lot of prep time and are fun for the students. If you’re comfortable with technology, the Powerpoints are a great resource. Supplemental BRAVO materials can also be found in the PTA Room.
 
The curriculum handbook offers suggestions of many activities and projects that you can present along with your lesson. If you have the interest and the teacher makes the time available, by all means include some of these.
 
Thank you for volunteering and investing in our Burroughs students.
You are making a difference!