The Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), in partnership with the Manatee Arts Education Council had a unique opportunity to provide the Modern Band 101 Training presented by the Little Kids Rock organization for 30 K-12 music teachers on January 6, 2020 as part of the School District of Manatee County’s District In-Service Day. Click to learn more about Little Kids Rock and the Modern Band program.
MAEC and the School District of Manatee County stress that Modern Band is not meant to supplant any of the traditional band, choir, or orchestra programs offered in our schools. We see Modern Band as MORE – More Kids, More Music, More Affordable. The vision for this program in Manatee schools is to help enrich the general music areas (elementary music, guitar, keyboard, other general music courses) and possibly, eventually create additional ensemble opportunities in schools. The target student population for Modern Band in the middle and high schools is the 80% of school students who are not already enrolled in music courses.