JU’s Service Learning Performance Ensemble is an auditioned group of students that use their talents in the spirit of community service in and around Jacksonville, Florida. Under the direction of Kimberly Beasley, singers, instrumentalists, actors, and dancers program events with innovative music incorporating all styles of music and various combinations of performers. In addition to performing, students also work in after school programs teaching children the basics of music and performing, cultivating a love for all types of music.
This course was designed as a result of receiving a Service Learning Grant as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning activities at Jacksonville University. Students individually and collaboratively assess educational or social service needs in an academic and community context as well as developing a musical program that suits the needs of the service partner. They present this program for the partner and then reflect on their experience through writing.
Because community service is part of the Jacksonville University experience, music students are especially excited about contributing using their talents through this ensemble. This course provides students with real world performing experience in addition to teaching them values of and skills in entrepreneurship, creative programming, collaboration, and event organization.
Interested in the JU Service Learning Performance Ensemble may be directed to:
Kimberly Beasley, Assistant Professor of Voice
Phillips Fine Arts Room 216