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Sabino and Magee Electrify their Symphonies!

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Photo of symphony with Mark Woods

Music At Home Academy - For All Music Students in Grades 6-12

46 TUSD Students Receive the Arizona Arts Seal in 2020

Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

Congratulations TUSD High School Seniors for earning The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

46 TUSD Graduating Seniors To Receive The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

School Year 2019-2020 is the inaugural year for qualifying seniors to receive the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency on their graduation diploma. We are proud to announce that forty-six art scholars, from eight Tucson Unified School District high schools, created capstone projects in music, dance, visual art, theater, and media arts that were adjudicated to be worthy of recognition from the Arizona Department of Education.

Even though the final semester for the class of 2020 has been filled with many challenges, the committee charged with vetting the students' art did not want their hard work to be overlooked. The school closure prompted students to creatively design methods to present their work online and final interviews were conducted through Zoom.

Read more about the 2020 Arts Seal recipients>>

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Musicians from Magee and Sabino "Electrify their Symphonies" with Mark Wood

Photo of symphony with Mark WoodsInternational star Mark Wood, from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, performed with musicians from Magee Middle School and Sabino High School on Feb. 25, 2020, at Sabino High School, in "Electrify Your Symphony," part of The Ultimate Tour.

The event transformed the student symphonies into full-fledged rock orchestras, playing exciting arrangements of contemporary pop music, plus selections by AC/DC, The Beatles, and more. Wood performed with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin.

Wood and his team worked directly with the school orchestra directors to tailor-design a rock orchestra make-over. The process builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers, creating a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation, on stage and off. To prepare for the concert, Wood worked with the students on improvisation composition, and personal expression.

Photo of symphony with Mark WoodsMark Wood, owner and operator of Wood Violins, studied under Leonard Bernstein and is a Julliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. Wood has worked with numerous pop stars, including Celine Dion, Lenny Kravits, and Billy Joel.

For more information on Electrify Your Symphony! please visit www.electrifyyourstrings.com.
To find out more about Mark Wood, please visit www.markwoodmusic.com.
The Viper electric violin is manufactured by Mark’s company, Wood Violins, www.woodviolins.com.

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    Joan Ashcraft, DMA, Director
    2025 E. Winsett
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    Phone: (520) 225-4900
    Fax: (520) 225-4863
    joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

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