Arts in Community Education

This nationally acclaimed program enhances students’ education through the integration of music and art into the school curriculum, accomplished through six ACE program components.

ACE AT A GLANCE

  • ACE integrates music and arts into daily core subjects, giving students a comprehensive learning experience
  • Nationally recognized as a model in arts education
  • ACE is celebrating its 29th year during the 2018.19 school year
  • 20 public and private schools, comprised of eight districts
  • 7,300+ students and 500 faculty and staff
  • 22 Cultural Partners – local arts organizations including Milwaukee Ballet, Skylight Music Theatre, and American Indian Center
  • Primarily for grades K through 5, also a middle school component
  • Half of participating students are minorities and half come from low-income families
  • 10 ACE schools are in the Milwaukee Public School District

SIX COMPONENTS OF THE ACE PROGRAM

  1. ACE Curriculum – Teachers receive an ACE Resource Handbook, lesson plans, integration activity ideas, project planning frameworks, musician/artist visit preparation and follow-up, access to recordings of ACE repertoire, and more. Each grade level has a different ACE theme, which is reinforced throughout the year through all ACE components.
  2. Teacher In-Services – Annual fall and winter teacher in-services facilitate orientation of new teachers, interacting with ACE music, teaching ideas, activities, planning, etc.
  3. Musician/Artist Visits – Every year, each ACE classroom receives three visits from ACE Ensembles, which are comprised of MSO musicians and/or artists from local arts organizations such as the Milwaukee Ballet, Skylight Music Theatre, and many more! These visits energize ACE themes and classroom learning.
  4. Family Concert & Parent Newsletter – ACE involves parents as well as teachers and students. Each school hosts an ACE ensemble for a school-wide evening Family Concert and parents receive regular newsletters to update them on ACE happenings.
  5. ACE Concert – The MSO performs a unique concert for each grade level, incorporating the themes and bringing all ACE classrooms of the same grade to Uihlein Hall.
  6. Multiphase Project – ACE classrooms work throughout the year on a culminating group project which integrates the themes and grade learning targets and is used to assess progress.

ACE THEMES

  • Kindergarten – ACE Family
  • 1st Grade – ACE Storytellers
  • 2nd Grade – ACE Detectives
  • 3rd Grade – ACE Architects
  • 4th Grade – ACE Explorers
  • 5th Grade – ACE Inventors

For more information about bringing ACE to your school, contact Michelle Pehler, ACE and Education Manager, at 414.226.7812 or at edu@mso.org.

The MSO thanks the following funders for their generous contributions in support of the Arts in Community Education (ACE) program: the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF); the Gerda A. Deblak and Eleanor N. Wilson Funds as administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; endowed funding from the Hearst Foundations; Bader Philanthropies, Inc.; the Clarice S. Turer Charitable Fund; the ANON Charitable Trust; the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust; the Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc.; the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation, Inc.; the Krause Family Foundation; the Stackner Family Foundation, Inc.; and General Mills. ACE is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ACE WEBSITE

Please use the links below to log in:

ACE Schools

ACE Partners

Questions?

Contact the MSO Education Department:

Phone: 414.226.7812
Email: edu@mso.org