The use of the imagination or original ideas, particularly those that celebrate all types of learners.
Students are always encouraged to express themselves creatively throughout our programs. Our activities are designed to activate multiple learning styles. We ask students to challenge themselves to get outside their comfort zones. We remind the students that “mistakes” or “failures” are actually gigantic learning opportunities. We intentionally create environments where students can be silly, think outside-of-the-box, and express their true selves. In fact, the success of our ensemble necessitates this behavior. We also remind students that creativity comes out of rigor, and we set clear expectations at the beginning of all programs for attentiveness, work ethic, and focus.
The ability to understand and respect the world from someone else’s perspective.
In all of our programs, we encourage students to get to know each other and their teachers. In this day and age of fast-paced technology and short attention spans, we challenge our participants to slow down and acknowledge the people who are right there in the room with them. We emphasize listening for understanding, learning about each other’s experiences, and truly seeing where another person is coming from. Fostering empathy builds trust and allows for honest creation and a wonderfully supportive audience to receive the work.
The combined action of an ensemble working together towards a common goal.
From the most basic warm-up game to our final showcase, all of our activities will require a spirit of teamwork. We will tackle exercises that demand teamwork in different ways; sometimes a game might require the group working together physically, and other times they may need to collaborate intellectually to solve a problem. The decisions that students make about how much they are participating, if they are focused, if they are being respectful, etc. have a direct effect on the group as a whole. By emphasizing that the success of the ensemble is more important than the success of any one individual, this inspires student to make choices in the interest of the group.