“In. My. Feelings.” – Tales of Four Superheroes and
Their Power to Save the World
Music Doing Good in Schools presents its seventh season at The Hobby Center
HOUSTON, TX (March 5, 2018) – The students who participate in Music Doing Good in Schools are back to the stage at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall (800 Bagby Street, 77002) to present “In. My. Feelings.” on Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:30 pm. Children from Cummings Elementary, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (GLEC), Mata Intermediate School, Arrow Liberation Academy. Baylor College of Medicine Middle School, The Rusk School, and Askew Elementary School have been diligently learning their lines, choreography and rehearsing since September 2017 to deliver this mindful Hip-hop program. They will be joined on stage by selected students from Chavez High School, Northshore Middle School and Northshore Senior High School.
“IN. MY. FEELINGS. highlights the everyday pressures — bullying, gender bias, low self-esteem, and ill will towards others — that students face. If left unresolved, these experiences often manifest as anger, sadness, hurt, and defeat. Through the teachings of female superheroes named Love, Respect, Accountability, and Humility, children learn how to apply positive techniques to change their thinking and response to negativity,” explains Program Director, Aisha Ussery, M.Ed.
Tickets are now on sale at the box office for $20 (adults) and $10 (children under 12) and can be purchased at http://www.thehobbycenter.org/?q=node/2220 or by calling 713.315.2525.
The story of “In. My. Feelings.” is powerful and relevant to children of today. As a way to combat malice in the world, four girls decide to create a comic book featuring heroines or female superheroes. They imagined Eartha, Mother of the Earth, who begets four superheroes named Love, Respect, Accountability and Humility. Together, they use kindness and compassion to ward off evil.
This experience is designed improve students’ social and emotional learning via Mindful Hip-Hop, which cleverly incorporates calming techniques, character building, and compassion on “head-banging” musical tracks that children love. Through singing, rapping, dancing, yoga, and storytelling, the universal languages of music and love will certainly permeate each child’s heart, furthering Music Doing Good’s mission of creating a world where we all live in concert.
Students will receive accompaniment from Music Doing Good artists Phillip Hall and Rodney Waters on keyboards. The production will also feature Houston-area musicians Willie Smith (drums) and Ronnie Mason (bass). Other tracks incorporated in the program were created by mindful hip-hop artist, JusTme and local performer, songwriter and composer, Jawad.
Music Doing Good in Schools engages the whole child in this innovative fine arts program designed to educate and empower students of Title 1 schools. The year-long program culminates in a dynamic, student-driven performance at one of Houston’s premier performing arts venues. The program is TEKS-aligned and challenges students to develop important life skills such as critical-thinking, conflict resolution, collaboration, leadership, and self-confidence. Participants are encouraged to ignite their creativity and hone their craft of self-expression. The program extends beyond the music to strengthen families, schools and communities.
Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms children’s lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination. Other Music Doing Good outreach programs include:
Music Doing Good with Instruments partners with school districts, administrators, instructors and parents in support of instrumental music programs. We expand educational opportunities for Houston-area students by granting new or gently-used instruments at no cost to students and underfunded music programs.
Music Doing Good with Scholarships grants funds to students, grades 4 through 12, for private lessons, music workshops and music festivals.
Music Doing Good in Service provides free piano accompaniment to music programs around the greater Houston area. Music teachers can now have the luxury of a pianist to record and rehearse UIL repertoire, run a sectional rehearsal, take the lead on a campus-wide musical and provide individual coaching.
For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org.
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