Academy Fall 2020 Operation Updates
(Updated Monday, July 20)
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 and for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, our Fall programming will remain in an online format. For families who are eager for an in-person experience, we are exploring hybrid models while following George Mason University’s Safe Return to Campus guidelines and working closely with the Office of Risk Management to ensure we follow all necessary protocols. We will continue to notify you with updates about any transition to in-person instruction.
All private lessons will continue to be held online for Fall 2020. The Fall semester begins on Monday, August 24 and registration will open on Monday, August 3. Please check your email for details and updates.
MUSIC & VISUAL ART GROUP CLASSES
Fall showcases will be announced soon to our families. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of our upcoming fall programming.
Since March, the Academy has transitioned to online instruction to protect the health of our families, faculty, and staff. With everyone’s support, we continued to offer music group classes, AFYP acting showcases, and private music lessons online for the remainder of the Spring semester. Our students and faculty worked together by adjusting their lesson plans, practice strategies, and communication methods and continued their learning through online platforms.
To continue to fulfill our mission of making arts education accessible to our community, the Academy faculty and staff worked tirelessly to create resources and guides that provide our families enriching arts education during the pandemic. This includes:
- Online private music lesson resource guides for parents, students, and faculty
- Fun acting challenges and activities for families of all ages
- Creative multimedia resources to keep our students engaged in their online learning experience
Academy at Home Online Recitals
Our private music lesson students concluded their spring semester with the first-ever online recitals. More than 200 students participated in this new format, which culminated into 13 thoughtfully curated videos featuring students ages 4 through adult. Our talented students dressed in formal attire, practiced recital etiquette, and recorded their best performance safely from their homes. In addition to the online recitals, students also had the opportunity to receive feedback from our music faculty!
Summer Arts at Mason Online Programs
To combat the pandemic and continue to provide meaningful arts education opportunities, the Academy shifted its Summer Arts at Mason programs to completely online instruction to keep our students stay connected while staying safe at home.
We continue to offer quality arts programs where students connect with Mason faculty, esteemed teaching artists, and industry professionals. Our Summer arts online programs include half-day and full-day formats and are all carefully designed to be appropriate for students’ ages and development stages.
More than 1,000 students from 29 states and nine other countries tuned in for live-streamed classes, guest artist presentations, and one-on-one coaching with our talented faculty. Throughout the summer, we have received positive feedback from program participants and families. We are grateful and extremely proud to continue to provide arts enrichment to our community and beyond!
“We love how smoothly you adjusted to going online. Hooray for AFYP and Mason Community Arts Academy! Thanks for all you do to keep these amazing activities going – even in a global pandemic. You are truly a remarkable group!”—Weekly Acting Camp Parent
“The program was well run, made the most of the online format. The small breakout groups allowed my child to share with peers. Seeing everyone’s projects on the last day was a highlight! Great job!”—Stop Motion Animation Studio Parent
“The instructor was so nice, and I learned so much! Although I live in Arizona and had to get up super early to attend the class, it was worth it for the class.”—Screenwriting Workshop Student
“I really enjoyed talking with and hearing the guest speakers, and I really, really hope that the Summer Flute Academy will have an online segment next year so I can participate again!”—Flute Academy Student
“My favorite part was getting to know Ms. Sweedy and Ms. Mulcahy! I also loved the special guest artists that came in and gave us tips!”—Clarinet Academy Student
“My daughter enjoyed the guest artists, who shared their knowledge and played for the class. The program is impressive–bravo! I was very thankful that there was at least one female in the percussion faculty line-up. It’s thrilling and empowering.”—Percussion Academy Parent