NCDPI December Performances: Keep Sharing the Joy!

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November 19, 2020

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  • NCDPI December Performances Application Instructions
  • Cultural Arts LIVE Conference Information

NCDPI Performances: Keep Sharing the Joy


The holidays are quickly approaching and we would like to continue our beloved seasonal tradition where school groups share their favorite music, dance and art, with NCDPI staff, friends, and family. This year, we want to showcase the best and brightest of our student artists online by asking school groups to provide *recorded* performances and art galleries that we can schedule to livestream on the NCDPI Facebook page - We encourage your school group to share dance, choral and band performances as well as visual art galleries.

Please try to keep these things in mind:
• 3-10 minute performance length (Generally 1-3 awesome songs)
• Student song introductions are very impactful.
• The performance should reflect the NC Arts Education Essential Standards. Highlighting the standards in the performance also makes a huge impact!
• Represent the diversity of the students in our state/your school
• Performances are limited and scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis
• We love to celebrate you and your administrators for supporting Arts Education in the state. Feel free to feature them!
• We will livestream your performance at 11:30am on the appointed day

Rolling applications will be accepted at to be featured throughout the month of December!

Not sure how to create a video submission? Reach out to Brandon and Sayward!

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Join us as NC Student Connects presents Cultural Arts LIVE: Learn and Inspire through Virtual Experiences. This exciting conference is open to arts and humanities educators and their classes. In addition to learning best practices in remote education, you can visit North Carolina’s museum and historic sites, engage with visual and performing artists, and celebrate our state’s rich history and diverse arts and artists.

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Calling all K-12 Vocal Music Teachers!

Debuting "I Am Brave" by Sally K. Albrecht


Alfred Music is excited to partner with NC Student Connect Conferences to celebrate their Cultural Arts Live Conference! We invite all North Carolina singers to participate by learning “I Will Be Brave,” a new choral composed by Sally K. Albrecht (Raleigh, NC).


Students will be able to download a PDF of the music, the MP3 full-performance recording, the SoundTrax accompaniment, watch the video of Sally giving instructions for adding sign language to “I Will Be Brave."


Additional Practice Tools: Students may rehearse individual vocal lines using the free SmartMusic links below. We hope you enjoy these innovative practice, recording, and assessment tools.



(Visit for more information)

  • For students and teachers—Dec. 15th virtual session with composer Sally K. Albrecht: Meet the composer, information about “I Will Be Brave,” performance tips, sign language instruction.
  • For teachers—Dec. 16th virtual session with composer/editor Andy Beck: Remote Resources for Choirs.

Please note: The download link is to be used by North Carolina schools only and will be available through December 16th.

North Carolina Symphony

All instrumentalists, teachers, and students are invited to join the NC Symphony for these sessions, including a state-wide musical collaboration!

  • State-Wide Musical Collaboration Overview
  • Artist Seminars with students
    • Brass and Woodwinds
    • Strings
  • Table Music with percussionists - for any teacher/class
  • Alexander Technique

More information to come soon!

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Jaki Shelton Green

What We Keep Keeps Us

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will be doing workshops on both days, December 15 and 16.


Day 1- I will be facilitating a writing exercise, What We Keep Keeps Us, for teachers and students. Participants will introduce themselves via something special or meaningful that they keep.

Whatever they introduce themselves with will then write about the person instead of the participant writing about the object or artifact.


Day 2- Teachers and students will share as community or gather in breakout rooms on Zoom and share the writing they create if it is a large group to ensure that we honor everyone’s voices.

Collaborate with NC Muralist Rosalia Torres-Weiner


NC Muralist Roalia Torres-Weiner will be taking your prompts and input as she creates a mural LIVE during the conference. Also, join her with your students on a session about What To Do When You Are Stuck!

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We're Here for you!

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Regional Partners

Not in the Raleigh Area? Not a problem! Visit the Regional Arts Partners Google sheet to search for arts education organizations which serve students in your region, city, and educational district! If you have more organizations to add to the list, please contact Brandon Roeder.




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North Carolina's Vision for Comprehensive Arts Education

In today's globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy. Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina's 21st century education. (Senate Bill 66: Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force, 2010)


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Contact Us!

Sayward Grindley: K-12 Dance and Visual Arts Consultant

Brandon Roeder: K-12 Music and Theatre Arts Consultant