Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School Music Program Accredited by Wisconsin School Music Association

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School Music Program Accredited by Wisconsin School Music Association
Posted on 09/12/2019
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This month, Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School received accreditation from the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) for outstanding participation in WSMA programming. It is a distinguished honor for the school’s music program.  

While all five of the secondary schools in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District are WSMA members and participate in the District’s Solo & Ensemble Festival, Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School was the only school that had all three performance groups: band, orchestra, and choir participate in a concert group clinic experience.

According to music program coordinator and orchestra teacher, Mrs. Mary Pat Michels, “It takes extra planning by the directors to schedule the event, secure a clinician, and have students prepared to perform, receive feedback, and then listen to and critique another group of their peers.”

Founded in 1932, Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a statewide association serving more than 3,500 music teachers and school administrators in the education of 220,000+ students who annually participate in the organization’s activities through their school’s membership. WSMA is a leader in providing programs and services that challenge youth to achieve excellence through music.

“This is an example of Deeper Learning in a performance setting,” explains Michels. “Individual preparation, followed by working as a team, which culminates in a public performance are all part of the learning experience. They enjoy performing together for a clinician, and they know the value of immediate feedback. This feedback from the clinician not only helps the students grow but is also valuable to us as educators. We are proud of our students and enjoy sharing this learning experience with them.”