Bethel Woods Offers Free Programs for Teachers and Students

BETHEL, NY (September 2013) – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is excited to present a variety of programs for students and teachers to kick-off the school year.  Opportunities include field trips, professional development workshops, World Stage Series concerts, and an artist-in-residence program. Most programs are free, but registration is required. Transportation assistance is available for Sullivan County public schools and for some regional schools. More details are available at the time of registration for these programs.


Field trips to The Museum at Bethel Woods complement in-classroom learning by connecting today’s students to the artifacts of the museum and our historic site. Through seven programs that reach elementary through high school audiences, field trips offer the opportunity for students to explore a wide range of subjects. All programs are based on grade-specific curricula and focus on subject content as well as critical thinking skills.


In an effort to bring the arts and history center stage in the classroom, Bethel Woods is working on innovative approaches to classroom learning that balances the new common core standards with an arts-infused approach to learning. Two teacher workshops offered this fall introduce these new approaches to teachers and present ways to use the arts as a way to make the most of the common core. These workshops are part the program Bethel Woods in the Classroom, which is funded by a grant from TD Charitable Foundation. Both workshops are offered free of charge to the participants.

Teaching the 1960s
Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. - FREE
Presented with Steve Armstrong, president of National Council for the Social Studies, this workshop will combine in-depth exploration of the complex decade of the 1960s with an emphasis on innovative and engaging ways to bring the content to life in the classroom. Focus will be placed on primary documents from the 1960s--including texts, songs, and films--and will model approaches for document analysis in the classroom. This workshop will have sessions for seasoned and novice teachers, with a balance of content exploration and pedagogy.

Bethel Woods in the Classroom: Opera
Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - FREE
This workshop introduces our new “Box to the Opera” resource for schools, an arts-infused approach to education that uses opera and the arts as a tool to teach the new common core curriculum. The workshop will include an introduction to this resource, with demonstration exercises of rich text reading/ comprehension, geography, and social studies content exploration through Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Offered in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera, the workshop will also include hands-on ideas for making opera come alive in the classroom. A major focus of this workshop will be on using the arts throughout the curriculum to connect with classroom learning. Participants will also have the first opportunity to register for the “Box to the Opera” resource.


An artist-in-residence program providing opportunities for schools and the community.

In-School Programs with Simple Gifts – Musical Exploration for K-12 Schools
Thursday, September 26 & Friday, September 27, 2013; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Elementary through high schools will find a range of opportunities for their students, including educational assemblies, master classes, interactive lectures/demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and musical instrument training (even for students with no musical background). School visits are available Thursdays and Fridays, morning and afternoon. All programs take place at the school and are offered free of charge. Weekend programs are also available for students outside of the classroom. More information will be available for the dates of November 14 and 15, March 6 and 7, and April 24 and 25.

World Stage Series
School-day concerts provide arts exposure for students and the community.

JazzReach Presents She Said/She Says Featuring Metta Quintet Plus Special Guests
Friday, October 18 at 11AM - School-day Performance - FREE
She Said / She Says is a comprehensive program highlighting some of the many important achievements of female composers, arrangers, instrumentalists and vocalists from early 20th century through present-day. Using U.S. and 20th Century women's history as a backdrop, She Said / She Says celebrates the lives of some of the many courageous, creative women who have dedicated their lives to the serious study and practice of jazz music. This program is targeted at grades 6-12 and includes curriculum tie-ins for social studies, US history, women's history, and arts education. Free transportation for Sullivan County public schools is available for this performance. Discounted transportation funds may also be available for other regional schools.

For more information or to register for these programs, email, visit the website or call 845-295-2521.

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