Pulse’s In-School Programs recognize the importance of creative learning and its ability to bring dynamism to the learning process while helping children uncover their hidden talents, find their voice, and build strength and confidence. Research validates that students with high levels of arts engagement from kindergarten through elementary school show higher test scores than students with lower levels of arts engagement over the same period.
Arts education that specifically involves dance assists in the development of skills like physical coordination, interpersonal communication, rhythm and related math skills, and multicultural awareness. The physical exercises involved in dance also stimulate mental alertness, attention to detail, and memorization. Through dance, students learn important skills, like how to pick up new ideas quickly, to pay attention to small details, and to focus on the task at hand.
Our in-school programs also provide a learning environment that is particularly supportive of children with kinetic and auditory learning styles, a segment of the student population that is often harder to serve.
Involving Your School
We are always interested in new community partners for our In-School Programs. Please contact us at 413-274-6624 to discuss what program would best serve your students.
Cultural Traditions: The Music and Dances of Africa
New Marlborough Central Elementary School
Undermountain Regional Middle School
This month-long residency program for 3rd and 4th grade students uses African dance and drumming as a vehicle to explore the concepts of folklore and storytelling. As students dance and drum their stories, they take part in a rich, cultural experience that promotes knowledge and understanding of the context of the arts in history. Youth also connect to the greater human experience and develop and express their personal sense of identity. Classes are held twice a week, culminating in a collaborative performance for the community that brings all of the participating students together.
Introduction to Dance
Lee High School
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
Morris Elementary School
Mount Everett Regional High School
This program introduces young people to the experience of dance to build confidence and assist in the development of physical coordination, communication, rhythm and math skills, and multicultural awareness. Students participate in workshops in hip-hop and/or African dance, bringing artistry, energy and variety to the school day.
Math and Drumming
Williamstown Elementary School
This program integrates world music instruction into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Drumming creates a direct connection between rhythm and math; through drumming, children literally feel the concept of math. Rhythms begin simply and grow more complex, demonstrating a connection to numbers and fractions. The program helps youth with memory, understanding and the ability to apply math concepts in the real world through problem solving.
Dance, Music, and Nature
This 4-week residency program enriches science studies for students in kindergarten, first and second grade by providing a unique opportunity to share nature-related stories (through books and oral tradition), examine relevant natural materials, and explore mutlicultural music and dance to illustrate themes in nature (i.e. insects, rivers, lightning, ocean tides).
The In-School Programs have received generous funding from:
The Cultural Investment Portfolio of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Eagle Fund and Janet’s Fund
Lee Fund for Educational Enrichment
Lenox Edducational Enrichment Fund (LEEF)
Williamstown Elementary School Enrichment Fund (WESE)
The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
The following Local Cultural Councils, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency (www.massculturalcouncil.org):
Alford-Egremont Cultural Council
Great Barrington Cultural Council
Lenox Cultural Council
New Marlborough Cultural Council
Northern Berkshire Cultural Council
Sheffield Cultural Council
West Stockbridge Cultural Council