"We won't heal until we all remember to sing, drum, and dance." — Spokane Tribal Elder.
The Spokane Symphony works with the Spokane Tribal Elders to bring music education and traditional Native American musical arts and story-telling to the public schools in the Wellpinit School District, located on tribal lands. This collaboration meets the educational, cultural, and artistic needs of the students from Kindergarten through High School. The Spokane Symphony musicians regularly travel to the schools to coach students, enhancing their music education program and encouraging students to participate in life-changing music study. According to The National Indian Education Association (NIEA), schools successfully serve Native students when the parents, families, tribes, and the local communities are actively involved and engaged in the school's programs and activities.
"Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district." — Source: Journal of Research in Music Education
"We are looking to reinvigorate the music education program and really build it from the ground up because we haven’t had a music teacher for our schools [in recent years]. — High School principal, Wellpinit
Music Heals is funded in part by a grant from the Community Strategies Fund at Inland Northwest Community Foundation.
Music Heals is a partnership with the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOOS
This popular program takes place at various community events throughout the season, including the Spokane District Libraries, the Museum of Arts and Culture, and at our Concerts in the Park. Instrument Petting Zoos offer children a first hands-on introduction to the uniqueness of the different instrument families. During the 2015-2016 season, Petting Zoos reached 2927 young and older constituents this year. Instruments courtesy of Hoffman Music.
Petting Zoos may also be booked as an in-school activity. For more information, please contact Janet Napoles at the Spokane Symphony: