Off the Hooks Arts Academy is dedicated to accessible music education for K-12 students in the Poudre School District and surrounding community. Our goal is to contribute to the building of life-long creative thinkers, cultural advocates and appreciators of the arts through the study of, exposure to and performance of chamber music. In order to have greater impact we have developed three education programs:
The Chamber Music Academy: In January 2014, we began a low cost, sliding fee scale program for young musicians. We welcome music readers that are dedicated pianists, string and woodwind players to enjoy collaborative music making while working with some of the finest teachers in the Northern Colorado area.
Educational Residencies: Off the Hook Arts is expanding our Academy programming to include Educational Residencies with visiting performing groups in Northern Colorado. Guest artists in 2017 include the Front Range Chamber Players, Austin Piazzolla Quintet and Triptych Jazz Trio.
PYCh In-School: Free to students. Enriches the music programs in our expanded membership in five PSD Schools in Fort Collins (Lesher, Lincoln, Preston Middle Schools, Ridgeview Classical Charter, TR Paul Arts and Knowledge Charter and Laurel Elementary Schools). Advanced woodwind players and pianists included.
Summer Music Workshop: A five-day arts and music classes for violin and viola String Players (8 – 8 Yrs. old) studying traditional, world and fiddle music, plus Music Explorers (5 – 10 yrs. old) in a Dalcroze based exploration of the arts and sciences. Theatre and improvisation classes round out this creative camp of intense musical fun.