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Educational Programs

The Motionhouse [youth performance] lessons were wonderful. I have heard nothing but praise from the teachers about the quality of the lessons, and how well that they support the 8th grade curriculum. Our students appreciated the program even more, due to the design and thoughtfulness of these lessons.

– Bastrop Middle School Principal

Each year we offer free daytime performances for students in grades 7–12 with corresponding educational resources including study guides, worksheets, self-guided digital presentations, and in-school presentations. We also offer complimentary tickets to Essential Series performances that allow teachers to bring small groups of students to enjoy the arts as part of our Students Experiencing Art with Their Teachers Program (S.E.A.T.), as well as behind-the-scenes career tours.

Youth Performances

Through Campus and Community Engagement, Texas Performing Arts offers daytime youth performances especially designed to make a strong impression on youth in grades 7–12. Youth Performances are available free of charge for educators and students in Austin and the Central Texas area. Educational materials are provided in advance and there is a Q & A session for students to ask the performers questions following the performance. Seating is limited to 150 per school. Special requests may be allowed for larger groups.

2017-18 Schedule

Fifth House Ensemble Journey LIVE
Thu, Nov 9, 2017, 11 am–12 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Praised by The New York Times for "conviction, authority and finesse," Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY-nominated score to the video game Journey. Never the same each time it's played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person's life passage and their intersections with others. Related Lessons: Life Lessons Learned Playing Video Games; The Hero's Journey in Literature, Theater, and Video Games; The Video Game Development Process

2017–18 Youth Performance Lessons & Resources: Fifth House Ensemble Journey LIVE

Ezralow Dance
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, 11 am–12 pm
Bass Concert Hall

With his nine-member dance company, Daniel Ezralow mingles contemporary dance with humor, provocative ideas, and impressive video projections with a classical score. Humor and intensity create an explosive blend of extraordinary creative fantasy and dramatic emotion. Related Lessons: Creativity for Positivity: Change the Culture, Change the World; Storytelling through Dance; Self Esteem and Self Expression through Dance

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2017–18 Youth Performance Lessons & Resources: Ezralow Dance OPEN

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Students Experiencing Arts With Their Teachers(S.E.A.T.)

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to distribute complimentary tickets for educators to bring students to performances, incorporating curriculum in culture, history, critical thinking, and writing. These tickets to our main stage performances are available to small groups in grades 7–12. Additionally, $10 student tickets are available for most performances.

S.E.A.T. tickets are distributed based on the time of your request and the level of need. Requests will be accepted up to two weeks before the event. A limited number of tickets are available, so please make your request early. View S.E.A.T. performances. 

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Performing Arts and Academic Connection (PAAC) with Elgin ISD

Texas Performing Arts staff collaborates with Elgin 8th and 12th Language Arts teachers to provide related standards-based lessons that make an academic connection with performances they attend. This year students will see Fifth House Ensemble Journey LIVE and Ezralow Dance OPEN at Bass Concert Hall. The performances tentatively planned in Elgin are UT’s premiere choral ensemble Chamber Singers and Hum A Cappella, an award-winning UT student group that sings South Asian Fusion a cappella in Hindi and English. The PAAC program previously ran for eight years in Del Valle ISD and four years in Bastrop ISD.

Program Goals

  • Expose students to high caliber arts presentations to increase cultural awareness
  • Help students become more invested in their school experience and improve their overall academic performance, specifically in the area of Language Arts
  • Provide firsthand experience on a university campus and interaction with university students

Brenda Simms, Education and Curriculum Development

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