etc. Music School, a new kind of music and theatrical training
experience offering private lessons, ensembles, classes and
original productions, opened it's doors in Evanston in August,
2013. The school is dedicated to collaboration, team-learning, and
confidence-building through affirming, creative teaching that
respects and celebrates each student's unique strengths.
Founder and Artistic Director Mike O'Mara is an Evanston
resident and teacher with 15 years teaching experience from ages
K-12. He explains that etc. is a new wholistic approach to musical
and theatrical education that employs organic, collaborative study
and experimentation. "At every level and in everything we do, we
involve and respect the students' interests and use those interests
to foster motivation towards achieving each young artist's goals,"
The etc. Music School is guided by certain core beliefs; that
every child, teen and adult deserves an opportunity to learn and
create art in an affirming atmosphere; that everyone can contribute
to an arts community; that arts education and participation is a
core component of the human experience, and that everyone deserves
the opportunity to participate in the training and creation of art
regardless of race, religion, economic status, gender, age, or
etc. Music School offers innovative, original, and exciting
programming that stresses student-inspired and student-created
original works at every level. The Evanston Teen Choir (grades
7-12) strives to instill a love of vocal music within the ensemble
through positive, focused rehearsals and to engage and support the
surrounding communities through polished performance of eclectic
and challenging repertoire. Course offerings also include private
lessons (piano, voice, and composition), the etc. Creators'
Workshops (grades 8-12), etc. TinyShows (grades K-2), etc. KidShows
(grades 3-6) and etc. Presents, main stage productions of
wholly-original musicals created with high-schoolers, for
high-schoolers, about topics high-schoolers are interested in.
The name "etc." reflects the school's dedication to providing
"more than 'just lessons' for more than 'just students'."
Please visit www.etcmusicschool.org or www.facebook.com/etcmusicschool for
more information and follow them on Twitter @EvanstonTeenChr. Scholarship options
are available for those in need!