Band Festival at the Kalahari 2017

30 hours

Community partner: UWEC Music & Theatre Arts
Supervisor: John R. Stewart
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer The Band Festival at the Kalahari is an annual Band Festival for 8th Grade Bands that is offered by Chris Gleason, Director of Bands at Patrick Marsh Middle School and UW Eau Claire Alumni. The UW Eau Claire Students involved in this project will be asked to support the learning goals of the festival while peer mentoring 8th grade band students from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa. In addition, the UW Eau Claire students will have the opportunity to build professional networks with Middle School teachers.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer "The festival began with a desire to create a quality music experience for young band musicians that was both informative and fun. It was apparent that a festival was needed that would allow students to strive toward a goal of performing in a concert setting for an audience of peers, family members and master adjudicators for this age level. The festival captures the “teachable moment” by providing a clinic experience for the band immediately following the performance involving musical performance as well as discussion. Each band receives feedback from three adjudicators in the form of a clinic, written comments and an audio recording with verbal comments."


What skills are required for this project?
Answer UW Eau Claire students who participate in this project will need to be Music Majors, minors, or exceptionally talented non-majors who have been an active participant in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, or University Orchestra. Students will provide an aural model on their instrument for developing 8th grade students and will serve as mentors for these young musicians.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer "As outcomes of learning for the Band Festival at the Kalahari students will: 1. Apply instructional strategies learned in Music courses 2. Build on instructional techniques/methods while working with and observing master teachers 3. Understand the importance of community building in an ensemble setting 4. Begin developing instructional techniques with diverse populations of students 5. Begin building professional networks through interactions with music teachers in the upper Midwest."


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer Students will need to be able to travel to the Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells. Overnight accommodations and meals will be provided for the students. The festival runs from 8am-9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8am-7pm on Friday.


Additional information (not required).
Answer This is a unique partnership between UW Eau Claire and Patrick Marsh Middle School. This concept of the side-side mentoring to be done at the festival was piloted at UWEC in the fall on 2015 with the Patrick Marsh Middle School Band, and will be done again in October 2016. Students at all levels (UWEC and PMMS) raved about the experience.