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 30th year during the 2019.20 school year
- 16 public and private schools, comprised of six districts
- 5,700+ students and 400 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
- Nine ACE schools are in the Milwaukee Public School District
SIX COMPONENTS OF THE ACE PROGRAM
- 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.
- Teacher In-Services – Annual fall and winter teacher in-services facilitate orientation of new teachers, interacting with ACE music, teaching ideas, activities, planning, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MSO thanks the following funders for generous annual support that makes the Arts in Community Education (ACE) program possible: the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF); Eleanor N. Wilson, ELM II, and Irene Edelstein Memorial Funds as managed by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; endowed funding from the Hearst Foundations; Bader Philanthropies, Inc.; the Joy Global Foundation; the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust; the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation; the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation, Inc.; the Krause Family Foundation; the Brewers Community Foundation; the Albert J. and Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc.; U.S. Bank; the Vilter Foundation; General Mills; MGIC, and the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee. 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.