What’s new with Halifax Regional Arts? HRA is expanding! We are happy to announce that we will be adding Fine Arts Specialists (FAS) in three additional families of schools next year: Charles P. Allen, Auburn Drive, and Eastern Shore. There are now 18 FAS (specializing in drama, dance and/or visual arts). These specialists will be working with all HRCE students from Grades Primary to 12. HRA’s music programs are also available to all HRCE students. Choirs, concert bands, jazz bands, strings or symphonies -- there are many opportunities for students to take part in music enhancements. For more information, or to register, click here. Equitable Education Fine Arts Programming 7 #ThanksToYouHalifax Impr oving Student Achievement Did you know that music is the only activity that simultaneously activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain? That’s according to some of the world’s leading neuroscientists! Music therapy consists of a process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets (physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual) to help individuals improve their health, and quality of life. This past year, music therapy was piloted in four families of schools: Millwood, Musquodoboit, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Citadel. It was offered to 45 students with special learning needs from Grades Primary to 12. Students worked one-on-one or in small groups weekly with a licensed music therapist. The feedback from staff, students, and caregivers on this unique music experience has been outstanding! This is just one more way that we are working towards making the arts accessible to all of our students across the HRCE. How are fine arts and technology integrated through HRA? Check out this link to a fun video conceived by some of our string students. After learning a piece called Mummers by John Earle, Ms. Chandler’s bass students put their imagination into video form. With Ms. Chandler’s help, Grace in Grade 8 and Ethan in Grade 9 mapped and story-boarded their ideas, shot the video and edited the final version. Not to mention, the background music is also performed by the students. Well done!