Community partnerships play significant roles in creating diverse contexts for music teaching and learning. AA-SPA’s community partnerships are invaluable, for they provide opportunities for sharing information, obtaining financial and in-kind support, making available resources stretch further, raising visibility on local issues and opportunities, and unleashing new talents and resources to address current problems. Currently, AA-SPA partners with area schools, local orchestras, businesses, and other non-profit organizations.
Area Schools: AA-SPA exists to enrich and support area school music programs. As state funding cuts continue to impact public music education, AA-SPA’s vision is to provide an economically-accessible, quality setting to supplement the schools’ music programs and inspire kids to thrive through the arts. AA-SPA also, in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, strives to provide equitable access to music instruction to underserved students, primarily students of color. Through the COMP Tutor Program, students who demonstrate need may receive individual instruction for $0-$6 per lesson. Additionally, AA-SPA partners with area private schools on a variety of events such as art shows, summer camps, and more.
Local Orchestras and Musicians: AA-SPA partners with area orchestras and musicians. For instance, the University of Michigan and Detroit Symphony Orchestras have provided access to coaches and guest artists for AA-SPA for special events and camps.
Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations: AA-SPA also partners with local businesses and non-profit organizations to better serve the Ann Arbor and surrounding communities including Shar Music, FLY Children’s Art Center, and Melissa and the Supersonic Music Makers.
Partnership with Clonlara School
Clonlara School Summer Program for High School Students:
Get High School Credit Through AA-SPA Summer Camps and Clonlara School