Since the day Arizona Charter Academy first opened its doors, the teachers and staff have strived to offer their students a well-rounded and top-quality education.
Thanks to the school’s recently-added music program, Arizona Charter is ensuring that its students will develop a knowledge and appreciation of musical cultures from around the world.
Rachael Crossman, elementary music teacher at ACA, said the new music program began this fall with general music for every second, third and fourth grader in the school. The fourth graders will also have the opportunity to play recorders, she said.
“The sixth graders get to do a world music class, and the sixth through eighth graders have the option to do show choir as an elective,” Ms. Crossman said.
The students will also perform in choral concerts during the school year, Ms. Crossman said.
“The winter concert will be Dec. 7 for our sixth through eighth graders and on Dec. 8 for our younger students,” Ms. Crossman said. “We will also be doing a sixth through eighth grade Veteran’s Day morning concert and next Spring we will have a Spring Showcase concert.”
Ms. Crossman is a certified music educator that graduated from Boise State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She also earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University.
Prior to moving to the Valley and starting at ACA, Ms. Crossman was an adjunct faculty member at NYU, where she taught private voice to undergraduates. In February, she won first place in the NATS Valley of the Sun Chapter, Classical Voice Competition in the Adult Men and Women’s Category.
Last summer, Ms. Crossman was a Young Artist with the Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, performing in six different operas. The previous year she was a Young Artist with the Lotte Lehmann Ackademie in Perleberg, Germany, where she sang in five recitals all around North Germany.
Ms. Crossman said she is “extremely excited” to start the music program at ACA.
“The community has been so supportive and the parents and students alike have shown a great deal of interest and excitement,” she said.
“My hope is by starting with the elementary music side, we will begin building a culture of musical knowledge and a generation of students that will grow and organically develop into a thriving high school music program. One of the best tools we have to help in this endeavor is to encourage families to get involved in a music program,” said Ms. Crossman.
Ms. Crossman said she is also looking forward to growing the new music program every semester.
“We also recently started an after-school Music Club to help cater to students whose academic schedules or grade level don’t match up with the course-content offerings yet.”
Allison Stanton handles public relations for Arizona Charter Academy