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Arts and Music 2017-08-14T12:11:10+00:00

Arts, music, dance, and theater–for everyone!

For Crotched Mountain School, the arts have played a critical role in its half-century-plus history. From the early years, when we served children with polio, to present day, where our school population is made up of students from all ages with varying disabilities, creative outlets for personal expression and contributions from the professional artist community have led to unforgettable experiences.

Crotched Mountain School is proud of its commitment to the arts as we are one of the few special education schools with dedicated art and music classrooms, staffed by qualified teachers who are committed to giving students hands-on interaction with clay, paint, canvas, bongo drums, homemade cigar-box guitars, and more!

Art

In our full-featured art-room (complete with paint splatters and pastel-colored smocks!), the philosophy is simple: give students the time and instruction they need to create a polished piece of artwork that they can take pride in. There is no rush. No deadline. There is creation and expression. And that is a universal truth regardless of ability.

Most of the art projects fall into the mixed media category. With mixed media projects, students can use a variety of art making materials and techniques. Sometimes a student may prefer one material or art style over others, so mixed media projects allow them the flexibility to work with familiar materials—or try something entirely new.

Music

Music class at Crotched Mountain School is built aroud the goal of giving students with disabilities the experience of being part of a group making music together. Students receive hands-on opportunities with a great variety of instruments–drums, tambourines, ukuleles, xylophones, you name it–with the notes and scales specially selected to ensure everone has a memorable music-making moment.

The accessibility is even deeper, depending on the student’s ability. If motor skill is a challenge, stands and extensions and even staff are avaialbe to hold instruments. And for those with severe physical challenges, our cutting-edge AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) software program tracks head movements so students with very limited mobility can play pre-programmed notes on their own or as part of an ensemble.

Theater

When it comes to theater, our music department blends time-honored productions with creative customization to ensure as many young actors and actresses can participate as possible. Characters, lines, and musical numbers are all modified to best fit with the unique Crotched Mountain troupe (for our version of Anni, the show’s narrator delivered all of his dialogue through his speech device!).

The annual Talent Show offers all students the chance to let their creative talents fly in front of their friends, teachers, and classmates. Many students participate with their classes, displaying a production they’ve worked on together during music class.

Artists-in-Residence

Supplementing this robust arts and music curriculum are the artists-in-residence, who come to CMS for a week to share their craft. Over the past several years, Crotched Mountain has welcomed artists like :

Teresa Taylor, Ceramics
Teresa worked with 12 classrooms of students how to make clay masks. Following a demonstration, the students rolled their own clay slab, determined the shape and facial features, and, after a bisque firing in the art class kiln, decorated the masks with acrylic paints.

Marek Bennett, Cartoonist
It was all about storytelling for the students who participated in Marek Bennett’s comic workshop. Marek worked with students a range of abilities and helped them discover a way to tell their stories in an entirely new way.

Drum-azingCourtney Bent, Photographer
Courtney Bent helped students build their own photography portfolios. That October, the photos were shown at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture Today in Peterborough in a special exhibit called New Views from the Mountain.

TJ Wheeler, Guitar/Banjo Musician
New Hampshire musician TJ Wheeler spent a week at CMS, using accessible instruments to help students prepare for a full-on Blues concert.

Peg Keeler, Drum-Azing
Peg brought giant, rubber balls and students took turns pounding on them to a playlist of high-energy pop music, learning routines and mimicry.

Jason “Scorpio” Andrews, Hip Hop
This local hip hop artist helped students create their own songs—writing their own lyrics, custom beats, and themes—and it all came together with a special performance at the end of the week.

Art, music, dance, and theater–for eveyone!

For Crotched Mountain School, the arts have played a critical role in its half-century-plus history. From the early years, when we served children with polio, to present day, where our school population is made up of students from all ages with varying disabilities, creative outlets for personal expression and contributions from the professional artist community have led to unforgettable experiences.

Crotched Mountain School is proud of its commitment to the arts as we are one of the few special education schools with dedicated art and music classrooms, staffed by qualified teachers who are committed to giving students hands-on interaction with clay, paint, canvas, bongo drums, homemade cigar-box guitars, and more!

Art

In our full-featured art-room (complete with paint splatters and pastel-colored smocks!), the philosophy is simple: give students the time and instruction they need to create a polished piece of artwork that they can take pride in. There is no rush. No deadline. There is creation and expression. And that is a universal truth regardless of ability.

Most of the art projects fall into the mixed media category. With mixed media projects, students can use a variety of art making materials and techniques. Sometimes a student may prefer one material or art style over others, so mixed media projects allow them the flexibility to work with familiar materials—or try something entirely new.

Music

Music class at Crotched Mountain School is built aroud the goal of giving students with disabilities the experience of being part of a group making music together. Students receive hands-on opportunities with a great variety of instruments–drums, tambourines, ukuleles, xylophones, you name it–with the notes and scales specially selected to ensure everone has a memorable music-making moment.

The accessibility is even deeper, depending on the student’s ability. If motor skill is a challenge, stands and extensions and even staff are avaialbe to hold instruments. And for those with severe physical challenges, our cutting-edge AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) software program tracks head movements so students with very limited mobility can play pre-programmed notes on their own or as part of an ensemble.

Theater

When it comes to theater, our music department blends time-honored productions with creative customization to ensure as many young actors and actresses can participate as possible. Characters, lines, and musical numbers are all modified to best fit with the unique Crotched Mountain troupe (for our version of Anni, the show’s narrator delivered all of his dialogue through his speech device!).

The annual Talent Show offers all students the chance to let their creative talents fly in front of their friends, teachers, and classmates. Many students participate with their classes, displaying a production they’ve worked on together during music class.

Artists-in-Residence

Supplementing this robust arts and music curriculum are the artists-in-residence, who come to CMS for a week to share their craft. Over the past several years, Crotched Mountain has welcomed artists like :

Teresa Taylor, Ceramics
Teresa worked with 12 classrooms of students how to make clay masks. Following a demonstration, the students rolled their own clay slab, determined the shape and facial features, and, after a bisque firing in the art class kiln, decorated the masks with acrylic paints.

Marek Bennett, Cartoonist
It was all about storytelling for the students who participated in Marek Bennett’s comic workshop. Marek worked with students a range of abilities and helped them discover a way to tell their stories in an entirely new way.

Drum-azingCourtney Bent, Photographer
Courtney Bent helped students build their own photography portfolios. That October, the photos were shown at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture Today in Peterborough in a special exhibit called New Views from the Mountain.

TJ Wheeler, Guitar/Banjo Musician
New Hampshire musician TJ Wheeler spent a week at CMS, using accessible instruments to help students prepare for a full-on Blues concert.

Peg Keeler, Drum-Azing
Peg brought giant, rubber balls and students took turns pounding on them to a playlist of high-energy pop music, learning routines and mimicry.

Jason “Scorpio” Andrews, Hip Hop
This local hip hop artist helped students create their own songs—writing their own lyrics, custom beats, and themes—and it all came together with a special performance at the end of the week.

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