CFA in Schools

Lead Guitar students from Amphi High in a Master Class with guest artist Carlos Bonell at Centennial Hall

Middle School students in the UpBeat Program

CFA in Schools students attend UA Presents' matinee by Dance Theatre of Harlem at Centennial Hall

UA Presents' guest artists Recycled Percussion give a workshop for UpBeat students

UA Presents guest artists Brasil Guitar Duo perform for Lead Guitar and fine arts students from the Sunnyside district

Music First students sing in English, Spanish, and Italian at Ocotillo Early Learning Center

"We believe that the UpBeat program actually helped several students stay in school." ~Pamela Cornell, Principal at Las Puertas Community School

The nature of fine and performing arts is to engage, inspire, and transform, characteristics that make the arts uniquely suited as a vehicle for community outreach. In recognition of this and in order to better serve both the university and the broader community, The College of Fine Arts developed CFA in Schools (CFAiS), a family of in-school arts outreach programs created by Director of Outreach Brad Richter and Jory Hancock, Director of the UA School of Dance and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

 

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Lead Guitar students from Sky Islands High School, directed by teacher Mike Bagesse, perform at the 2017 Showcase Concert at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Also pictured are Lead Guitar instructors and UA alumni Dr. Ivar-Nicholas Fojás and Dr. José Luis Puerta.

 

CFAiS partners with schools to provide daily arts instruction and access to on-campus engagement experiences to thousands of Southern Arizona K-12 students from challenging socio-economic circumstances.

This serves two important needs:

Broad in-school access to rigorous arts education that improves academic results and graduation rates among participants, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. More than 153,000 of Arizona’s most vulnerable children have no access to in-school arts education.

Opportunities that bring a socially and economically diverse population of young people to campus to perform, explore, participate, and feel welcome.

CFA in Schools programs are based on a co-teaching and operations model established by Lead Guitar, an independent 501(c)3 that works in affiliation with the University of Arizona. Lead Guitar and its sister programs–UpBeat (hand drumming), Step Up (dance), and Music First (early childhood music)–build sustainable arts programs in partnership with public schools and their staff by pairing a master arts instructor (often UA graduate students or alumni) with a certified teacher already employed by the school. This has the effect of increasing a certified teacher’s job security by adding hours to their schedule and new skills to their resume.

Schools with pre-existing arts programs that partner with CFAiS have shown an average 174% increase in the total number of students participating in the arts. More startling is that nearly 25% of the schools hosting a Lead Guitar, UpBeat, Step Up, or Music First program in Arizona had no pre-existing arts class of any kind.

These programs are free

to schools with

more than 80% of their students

eligible for

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch.

CFA in Schools programs provide:

  • 70 hours of on-site, in-school instruction for students from a Master Instructor
  • 8 annual hours of Professional Development for certified teachers to train them in our curriculum and to co-teach the school’s new arts class
  • Arts Standards-based curriculum and support materials in digital format
  • Access to in-school performances from world-class touring artists
  • Access to on-campus student performances, engagement opportunities, master classes, and free or low-cost event attendance

How it Works

HOW IT WORKS

THE CO-TEACHING MODEL

  • Master Instructor visits the school year-round to model-teach classes with assistance from your school’s certified arts teacher, or co-teacher
  • The co-teacher reinforces concepts on the other days of the week using our curriculum
  • Teacher training and up to 8 hours of certified Professional Development are also included
  • After 2-3 years, schools are ready to continue the new arts program without us

THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

  • Access to UA Presents matinees and other performances at Centennial Hall for students to witness the highest level of arts mastery
  • In-school assemblies and on-campus Master classes with touring artists for all students and staff at the school
  • On-campus performance opportunities for students in top-notch UA venues, especially the year-end Showcase Concerts hosted by the College of Fine Arts
  • Accomplished Master Instructors with at least a Master’s degree and often a doctorate from UA

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SCHOOL

  • Provide a certified teacher, with or without arts experience, who is committed to learning a new skill and attends our Professional Development workshops
  • Co-teaches year-round with our instructor, learning along with students and providing classroom management structure
  • Purchase appropriate classroom set of instruments and/or necessary equipment
  • Collaborate on grant-writing or other fundraising measure to support program at the school

FREE AND SUBSIDIZED ARTS EDUCATION

Need-based program fees are determined by Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL) eligibility:

  • 80% or more of students eligible: FREE
  • 50-79% of students eligible: $1,500
  • Less than 50% of students eligible: $3,000

CFA in Schools relies almost exclusively on private donors and grants for much of its program funding. Donate now to support arts education in Southern Arizona’s public schools.

Programs

CFA IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMS

UpBeat

Connecting hand-drumming and language to teach music

  • Time of day: Ideal In-School; After-School also possible
  • Grade Levels: 3-8
  • Co-Teacher: Middle School music teacher or Elementary School classroom teacher

Step Up

Movement and body awareness through dance

  • Time of day: In-School Elective or After-School
  • Grade Levels: 3-12
  • Co-Teacher: Any interested classroom teacher with a background in movement

Lead Guitar

Classical guitar with a focus on ensembleplaying

  • Time of day: In-School, Required or Elective
  • Grade Levels: 3-12
  • Co-Teacher: High School or Middle School music teacher, or Elementary School classroom teachers

Music First

Fundamentals of music-making through singing and movement

  • Time of day: In-School
  • Grade Levels: Kindergarten-2, Pre-K also possible
  • Co-Teacher: Classroom teacher

How

HOW TO START A PROGRAM

1. Contact us to set up a meeting so that we can learn about your school.

A meeting between Brad Richter and the school’s principal and intended teacher-of-record, if possible, is often the most productive. Meetings with other administrators or teachers are certainly welcome, as well.

2. Complete an application about how CFA in Schools would look at your school.

The application lays out expectations for the prospective schools as well as those of CFA in Schools. This way, we can build a program that best fits your needs, but that also benefits from what we’ve learned from partnering with other schools over the years.

3. CFA in Schools considers costs, pinpoints funding, and assesses instructor availability.

Because we really heavily on private and corporate gifts as well as funding from granting organizations, we may not be able to consider every application we receive. But we do our best!

4. The application is accepted and schools purchase necessary instruments or equipment.

CFA in Schools cannot typically provide instruments or equipment for an arts program, but we do our best to partner with vendors that can provide substantial discounts to retail prices to give you the best bang for your buck.

5. Schools sign final contracts and classes begin!

Contracts are provided by the Arizona Board of Regents and must be signed by a school principal or district superintendent before services begin.

  

CFA IN SCHOOLS EVENTS

UpBeat & Step Up Showcase Concert

DATE:  Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TIME:  6:30 PM

DESCRIPTION:  End-of-year recital featuring students who participate in the UpBeat and Step Up programs throughout greater Tucson.

 

Lead Guitar & UpBeat Teachers' Workshop

DATES:  Wednesday & Thursday, May 30 & 31, 2018

TIME:  4-8 PM

DESCRIPTION:  Annual professional development sessions designed for certified public school teachers to sharpen their technical and pedagogical skills in the Lead Guitar and UpBeat programs.

Guitars and tubano drums will be provided, as well as dinners during each afternoon of the workshop.

VENUE:  Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona

PAST EVENTS

UpBeat & Step Up Showcase Concert

DATE:  Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TIME:  6:30 PM

DESCRIPTION:  End-of-year recital featuring students who participate in the UpBeat and Step Up programs throughout greater Tucson.

UpBeat Workshops with Percussionist Aaron Vereen

DATE:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TIME:  All Day

DESCRIPTION:  Multi-percussionist Aaron Vereen visits Nosotros Academy to give workshops for UpBeat students.

Lead Guitar assembly performances by Brasil Guitar Duo

DATE:  Monday, October 16, 2017

TIME:  All Day

DESCRIPTION:  UA Presents guest artists Brasil Guitar Duo visit Tucson schools to give assembly performances for Lead Guitar students and their whole schools before performing at the Fred Fox School of Music’s Crowder Hall on October 17. Thank you, Brasil Guitar Duo!

Lead Guitar Showcase Concerts

DATE:  Saturday, April 28, 2018

TIMES:  11:00 AM & 1:30 PM

DESCRIPTION:  End-of-year recital featuring students who participate in the Lead Guitar programs throughout greater Tucson, Topawa, and San Carlos.

Step Up Workshop with Philadanco Dance Company

DATE:  Thursday, February 8, 2018

TIME:  12:40 – 1:30pm

DESCRIPTION:  A member from UA Presents guest artist Philadanco (dance company) will give a workshop for Step Up students at Catalina Magnet High School.

UpBeat Workshops with Percussionist Aaron Vereen

DATE:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

TIME:  All Day

DESCRIPTION:  Multi-percussionist Aaron Vereen visits Tucson partner schools to give a workshop/performance for UpBeat classrooms, arts students, and in one case the whole school!

People

PEOPLE

Brad Richter

Brad Richter

Director of Outreach, College of Fine Arts

Brad Richter, executive director and founder of the 501(c)3 music education organization Lead Guitar, joined the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts in 2013 as the Director of Outreach as well as the Director of Education for UA Presents. Equal parts performer, composer and educator he has made nearly one-thousand concert appearances in North America and Europe – more than fifty of which were aired on NPR’s Performance Today. Since completing his Master’s degree in classical guitar at The Royal College of Music in London, Brad has performed around the globe with artists such as nine-time Grammy winner David Finckel. Brad is the winner of the National Fingerpicking Championship, the International Composer’s Guild Competition, and the National Music Teachers Association’s commissioned composer award, and he was the first guitarist ever to win the Royal College of Music’s Thomas Mohrherr Prize. He is a sought-after collaborator with artists such as cellist Viktor Uzur with whom he tours as the Richter Uzur Duo, his former mentor from the Royal College of Music, Carlos Bonell, and Broadway star Ben Vereen, as well as The Pacifica String Quartet and The Phoenix Chorale. Brad also enjoys several long-term collaborations as an artist-in-residence, including more than a decade with the Aspen Music Festival and School.

As a composer, Brad is known for his own brand of genre-mashing chamber music. Winner of the International Composer’s Guild Competition, his major commissions have included Navigating Lake Bonneville, a concert-length work for Weber State University; Duo Concerto for Cello and Guitar, co-written with Viktor Uzur for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra; Fragments Transcending, premiered by David Finckel; Devil in the Details, commissioned by the National Music Teachers Association; and the musical score for an episode of the Emmy award-winning PBS series The Desert Speaks. Brad’s collections of concert music for solo guitar are published by Mel Bay, Acoustic Music Records, GSP, and Sky Island Music. At the University of Arizona, Brad collaborates with College of Fine Arts faculty and leaders in the field of arts education to develop and operate the CFA in Schools programs, based on the Lead Guitar model. Between Lead Guitar and CFA in Schools, he oversees a carefully selected staff of 23 part- and full-time arts professionals in operating programs in 60 schools in five states.

Holly Holmes

Holly Holmes

Assistant to the Director, College of Fine Arts Outreach

Holly Holmes is Lead Guitar’s Director of Operations and Assistant to the Director of CFA in Schools Outreach as well as UA Presents Education. In these three roles, Holly works behind the scenes to create teacher schedules, submit grant paperwork, and negotiate a myriad of logistical and infrastructural operations. She is the administrative force behind CFA in Schools’ presence in Arizona schools, ensuring that each school’s contract is met, that funds flow through schools correctly, and, most importantly, that certified arts teachers feel as supported outside of the classroom as they do in it.

Before joining the University of Arizona, Holly worked as an administrator for both non-profit and for-profit arts organizations, including as jazz programming intern for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a doctoral candidate, she conducted dissertation research in Brazil as a 2011 Fulbright Scholar and taught jazz voice and history to students and teachers in Brazilian conservatories and federal universities in fluent Portuguese. She has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published her research with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Holly taught music theory and world music courses at universities in the US and the UK, released two albums as a jazz vocalist, and has performed in duo with her husband guitarist Matt Warnock in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and the UK.

Thanks

THANKS TO THESE CFA IN SCHOOLS SUPPORTERS

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"Today, I got to see passion, motivation, and excitement in the eyes of the kids from San Carlos; the feeling was completely indescribable. The Lead Guitar program you have is amazing…so thank you for all you do."

 

Linda Beyley

Social Worker, San Carlos Secondary School

CFA in Schools programming is provided at no charge for schools at which 80% or more of students qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL).

Schools with between 0 and 79% of students qualifying for FRPL pay a small fee along a sliding scale.

The remaining cost of a CFA in Schools program is paid for through individual and corporate charitable donations, family foundations, and granting organizations.

Please help bring CFA in Schools to even more deserving youth by donating today!

3 Ways to Give

 

It was great to have students perform and represent the school off-campus and have the chance to improve the school's standing in the community. The audience was amazed that students could play at such a high level in a beginning class.

Juan Carbajal

Academic & Behavior Support Specialist and UpBeat Co-Teacher, Rivera Elementary School

Donate Online

Write a check

 

Please make it payable to "UA Foundation - CFA in Schools" and deliver to:

 

University of Arizona - CFA in Schools
Attn: Holly Holmes
University Services Building
888 N Euclid Ave, Rm 203
Tucson, AZ 85721

 

Give by Phone

 

Call the College of Fine Arts at 520-621-9057 to pay by Credit Card

Your gift through UA Foundation on behalf of CFA in Schools qualifies as a tax-deductible donation.

Please indicate whether you would like your gift to benefit CFA in Schools generally, or a specific program (UpBeat, Step Up, or Music First).

Thank you very much for your support!

Note: For donations to Lead Guitar, please visit the Lead Guitar website.