Our Program

 
 

Accent Pontiac began its third year of programming on September 24, 2018 with continued programming at Walt Whitman Elementary School and new programming at Alcott Elementary School in Pontiac, Michigan. This year, we will serve approximately 260 students with regular programming. In addition to regular programming, Accent Pontiac hosts two week-long workshops each year as well as field trips, assemblies, guest artist performances, guest artist workshops, and a summer program, reaching approximately 750 students. In addition, we launched a partnership with Kirk in the Hills, giving four Accent Pontiac students the opportunity to participate in the Kirk in the Hills Junior Girls choir.

 

Programming at Walt Whitman Elementary School

Bucket Band

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
During the school day and after-school

  • 45 minute classes with all 2nd and 3rd graders during the day, approximately 100 students

  • Performance Bucket Band offered after-school for advanced student leaders
     

Brass Instruction

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
After-school

  • Snack included

  • 40 minute Introductory level class two days per week

  • 40 minute Intermediate level class four days per week

  • Serves approximately 50 students

Community Time

Mondays and Wednesdays
After-school

  • A time for homework help, practice time, journalling, arts and crafts activities, team-building activities and more

  • 40 minute classes two days per week

  • Serves approximately 20 students

 
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Programming at Alcott Elementary School

Bucket Band

Mondays and Wednesdays
During the school day

  • 45 minute classes with all 5th graders during the day

  • Serves approximately 50 students

Woodwind Instruction

Tuesdays and Thursdays
After-school

  • Snack included

  • 50 minute Introductory level class

  • Serves approximately 50 students

Community Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays
After-school

  • A time for homework help, practice time, journalling, arts and crafts activities, team-building activities and more

  • Serves approximately 20 students

 
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Kirk in the Hills Choir Partnership

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Junior Girls Choir

Wednesdays
After-school

  • 50 minute choir class including girls from Accent Pontiac and Kirk in the Hills

  • Transportation provided from Walt Whitman Elementary School

  • Serves approximately 5 girls

Pilot Program

Accent Pontiac launched its pilot program on January 10, 2017. The pilot program consisted of three types of regular programming: bucket band, brass and community time. During this time, Accent Pontiac served approximately 105 students in our regular programming. Accent Pontiac served approximately 400 students in assemblies and guest artist performances. 

Soft Launch

Accent Pontiac's soft launch phase occurred between September 1, 2016 and January 10, 2017. This phase was a time for Accent Pontiac staff to learn about Walt Whitman Elementary School and the Pontiac community in order to structure a program that would be embraced by the students and community. During this time, Accent Pontiac provided a number of musical exposure events for Whitman students to create excitement for the upcoming pilot program. These events included bringing in guest artists to perform on the first day of school, Count Day, Whitman’s Winter Festival, and taking students to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Accent Pontiac gave students the opportunity to make their own music at Whitman’s open house and during a week-long, intensive Bucket Band workshop.

 
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Upcoming Events

November 24: 5K to 5K Performance - Register to run here!

December 1: Holiday Extravaganza Parade and Performance

December 3 - 7: Artist in Residence Workshop Week

December 7, 10:00 a.m.: Artist in Residence Workshop Week Performance

December 7, 1:30 p.m.: Artist in Residence Workshop Week Performance