Marquis Studios arts‐in­‐education services are an ideal way to bring the arts into classrooms and after school programs while also serving as professional development for staff. Each program is focused on a specific art discipline selected after consultation with client staff. A team of senior management and Teaching Artists design all programs to integrate the arts with instruction in academic subjects by utilizing the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core Standards. Programs are adapted and customized to the appropriate age level and are available for grades K‐12.


District 75 programming is customized for a variety of ages and developmental levels.

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  • Percussion of the World

    This residency is a multi-cultural exploration of the use of drumming in different parts of the world, and fosters a sense of community through hands-on instrument playing. With broad-based creativity as the focus, these programs incorporate simple movement, literacy, global studies, and mathematics in the course curriculum, as a specific lesson plan is created in conversation with classroom teachers and school administrators. Students learn to play percussion in several cultural styles. By the end of the course, the class will be able to identify and play the different percussion styles of Sicily, Egypt and Turkey, and compare and contrast the works with the corresponding cultures.
    As part of the curriculum, the class explores the relationship between vibration and sound.

    Concepts and skills learned include:

    • Using percussive instruments and student’s bodies, hands, feet and breath to explore the question “What is music?”
    • Understanding the meaning of “orchestration”
    • Comparing and contrasting different styles of music-­‐making through listening and performing
    • Exploring the relationship between vibration and sound
    • Arranging sounds into patterns and performing those patters based on visual cues
    • Creating a score for an existing narrative
    • Establishing procedures for working with instruments, applying the concepts of following a conductor to instrumental performance
    • Each student will have the opportunity to compose, conduct and perform an instrumental piece showcasing his or her understanding of dynamics, and another piece containing two instruments and different tempos to manipulate tone and message.
    • Younger students learn to read and compose their own music using symbolic notation; older students learn or expand their familiarity with Solfege, depending on their previous musical training.
    • The program typically ends with a shared performance for peers, parents, and the school community.
  • Personal Power Banners

    This course is designed to take advantage of students’ natural enthusiasm for drawing connections between the animal and human worlds. Students choose an animal they identify with and using various media and art forms, both 2­‐D and 3­‐D, they explore aspects of their animals. Depending on the cognitive and developmental level of students, writing can be included in the residency as part of exploration as well as photographs. Each student creates a unique “personal power symbol” related to his or her animal. These are mounted on a large class banner. Students talk to the class about their animals and symbols, building important communication skills and learning to express concepts of self­‐hood.

    * This course is appropriate for students who can understand symbolization, and can conceptualize that they are creating something related to themselves and their identity.

    * Promotes sensory exploration, decision­‐making, self­‐awareness and social skills, and of course the pride and self­‐confidence associated with all art making, the act of creation and expression.

  • Puppetry

    In this residency, students make original puppets to use in a performance. The course is focused on encouraging skills specific to the processes of puppetry, as well as the basic artistic skills of drawing, color, composition, sculpture and drama. Puppets are made of paper-mache or two-dimensional cardboard figures used with “toy theaters”. Students create distinct, recognizable characters that come alive through costumes, props, shape of features and expressions. The curriculum covers the history of international puppets and the specifics of different types of puppets – such as shadow, glove, stick, finger or marionette. The class learns the various skills of puppetry art, which include design, sketching, sculpture and painting. Once the puppets are made, and a script written, the class begins the puppet show production – staging, scenery design, music and sound effects. In the rehearsal process, the student is encouraged to build vocal projection and theatre skills, as well as build vocabulary. Self-confidence and free expression is enhanced through this process. Performance will be given for parents as well as peers in the classroom.

    * This residency is appropriate for students who are able to understand sequence, a story line, and have fairly developed fine motor skills.
    * It promotes, eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, group and individual problem solving, coordinated group presentation, good listening, patience and vocal projection.

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