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Music Program

Music Program

The music program is one of the greatest achievements of the Blake School. The program functioned under the direction of Mrs. Wallis Peterson between 1995 and 2017. Entitled the Blake School Vocal Music Program, it is divided into three levels: (1)Jr. Chorus that includes all children in grades 2-5, (2) Youth Chorus that is comprised of all 6-8 graders, and (3) The Blake Singers that consists of a selected group of 4-8 graders. The vocal music program of the Blake Schoolhas received a great deal of recognition and numerous awards, particularly throughout the past decade. Some of these accomplishments include performances as a part of Disney’s Magic Music Days in 2001, 2004 and 2007, and the recording of the National Anthem and a set of original works for the Broward County charter schools at the request of County Line, a local cable program in 2001. In addition, the choral ensembles have participated in and received superior ratings (the highest score possible) at the Florida Vocal Association’s annual Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

As the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Dilek Göktürk-Cary will be directing the Blake School music program. Dr. Göktürk-Cary is an active music educator, string pedagogue, orchestral conductor, violinist and academician with an extensive teaching and conducting experience in K-12 and collegiate levels in both the United States and her native country, Turkey. Under her baton, two new projects will be introduced at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year: the Blake String Project, and the Blake Orchestra. The main purposes of these projects are to teach students how to play string instruments, play in an orchestra, develop an appreciation and understanding of art music traditions, and develop social skills through musical interaction with other students.

 

The choral ensembles, orchestra and the string project are also supported by three musical groups: the Blake Percussions; the Blake Recorder Ensemble and The Blake Guitar Project. The latter project will be directed by Mr. Christopher Cary, who is an accomplished clasical guitarist, educator and a musicologist, and Mr. Joshi Amberpeta, a multi-instrumentalist and experienced music educator.

The Blake Percussions and the Blake Recorder Ensemble will be available for all students at all ages and will be working under Dr. Göktürk-Cary’s direction. Regular concert events will be organized for all projects.

It is the philosophy of the Blake School that ALL children, regardless of age, experience, or personal background, can learn to be knowledgeable and competent musicians who appreciate and enjoy participating in a wealthof musical activities, and carry these qualities with them throughout their lives.

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