Since 2006, our residency artists have teamed with classroom teachers and more than 95,000 students to create curriculum-based art that was shared by over 300,000 community members! Muse Machine brings learning to life through arts-integration residencies in schools across the Greater Miami Valley Region.
Part 1: Create Residency Plan
After the school selects its Muse artist, the residency’s lead teacher and artist meet to discuss the school’s educational goals, selected Ohio’s Learning Standards, student participation and creative ideas for helping students to experience curricular concepts in new ways and build knowledge through the arts.
All students can benefit from involvement in the artist residency. Often teachers choose a segment of the school population to participate, such as one grade level or several grade levels. Depending on the size of your school, you could involve the entire school population. Residency time frames are determined by the number of participating classrooms and the size of the planned project. Once participating classrooms are identified, a customized schedule is created for the residency by the artist and participating teachers. Your residency dates do not need to be consecutive. You may choose the dates that best serve your teachers and students. The fee for the Preschool and Elementary Program is $420 per day.
Residency topics cover the entire curriculum and can dramatically fortify student understanding of challenging subject areas. “When we looked at the strand that we focused on with Muse Machine,” said teacher Kris Brush, “78% of kids across the state passed that particular strand of the test — but 98% of our kids passed… 98%!”
Muse artists have designed hundreds of residency programs. Find examples of past topics below:
Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling
Editing and Revising Strategies
Non-Fiction Text Features
Parts of Speech
Parts of a Story
Reading Comprehension Strategies (Questions, Word Detection, Connectors and Literary Illuminations)
Roman and Greek Root Words
Six Traits of Good Writing
Structure of an Essay
Types of Writing (Informative, Opinion, Narrative)
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Area and PerimeterAssociative, Commutative and Distributive Properties
Even and Odd Numbers
Order of Operations
Shapes, Lines and Angles
Two/Three Dimensional Shapes
Classifications of Living Things
Elements of Sound
Energy (Sound, Heat, Magnetism, Movement)
Five Animal Groups
Forces of Motion
Life Cycles of Humans, Animals and Plants
Parts and Systems of the Body
Patterns in Space
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Types of Rock and Minerals
Weather (Wind Speed, Temperature, Clouds, Effects on Living Things)
Adaptations of Native Americans
African American History
Early Colonial Settlers
Map Reading Skills
Three Branches of Government
Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities
World Civilizations and Geography
Benedictine Values (Catholic)
Character Education Pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, The Golden Rule)
Choices and Outcomes
Elements of the PAX Behavior System
Gifts from the Holy Spirit (Catholic)
God’s Creations (Catholic)
History of the Montessori Teaching Methods (Montessori)
Positive Behavior Intervention Support
Respect for Self, Others and Environment
Story of Jericho (Catholic)
Part 2: The Residency
During the residency, the artist works with participating teachers and students in their classrooms. The artist introduces the key elements of his or her art form as well as creative ways to use that art form to address the residency’s educational goals. Residencies take many forms, the artists, teachers and students may write original music and songs, choreograph new dances, write and perform original theatre pieces or create works of visual art that bring new meaning and understanding to Ohio’s New Learning Standards.
Part 3: Share New Knowledge
Each residency culminates in a public sharing of what has been created by the artist, teachers and students during the residency. In a culminating activity, students present the original art they have developed during their residency. It is a true celebration of children and the power of arts integration to help find deeper meaning in their studies and connect them to the joy of learning components.
Thank you for your interest in the Muse Machine Preschool & Elementary Program! For more information, click here!
Resident Artist Bios
Michael Kenwood Lippert is a founding member and resident artist with The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio. As...
Sculptor/multi-instrumentalist Michael Bashaw is well-known for his performances, sculptures, collaborations and workshops, and has been a featured artist in...
Beth Wright is a dancer, choreographer and educator of dance. A former member of the Dayton favorite Rhythm in...
Program Artists Several artists from DCDC work with local elementary students as Program Artists. • Qarrianne Blayr studied dance in North Carolina,...
Go into classrooms to see our preschool and elementary program in action: