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RTR (Russell, Tyler, Ruthton) School District in Tyler has been awarded $3,960 for a virtual music residency!

SMAC Awards $28,732 to local artist, schools and arts organizations
The SMAC board met virtually on November 24, 2020 and awarded a total of $28,732 in grant funds for
one individual artist, five schools, and six arts organizations within our region.
  • RTR (Russell, Tyler, Ruthton) School District in Tyler has been awarded $3,960 for a virtual music residency. The Minnesota Percussion Trio will work with the RTR Elementary School. The applicant said, "the Trio specializes in both conventional and non-conventional percussion instruments that can display musical sounds that are often surprising." The residency will take place in January and February. Each student will view concert lessons and then then have a 60-minute live session with a member of the trio. During the live sessions, there will be audience interaction, percussion practice, and time for questions. At the end of the residency, the students will perform for each other in their classrooms. In addition to their regular music curriculum, residency materials will be available to the students for one month so students can practice with the videos and refer back to them. Access to the residency will also be shared with parents, community members, and other stakeholders through watching the online performances/lessons. 

****This activity is funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.****