This cabaret blues act is led by Melissa Kate Miller, an international recording artist, songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer, and poet. Students join in performance with musicians who have traveled across the world and emphasize the communicative power of music. American jazz, pop and rhythm and blues are the vehicle through which students learn and practice how to improvise, keep a beat, and express themselves through song.
Miller holds a BFA in Musical Theater from SUNY Fredonia. She has worked with many arts-in-education programs, and she has taught and choreographed at many area schools. She has also taught workshops at the Lancaster Opera House for kids and teens. Miller uses theater, creative writing, poetry and song to help students develop creative and critical thinking skills.
Miller’s extensive work with special education and students at risk of social or academic failure has shaped her approach to teaching the arts. She believes in the transformative power of the arts. By working side-by-side with teachers and students, she hopes to encourage greatness and curiosity, build academic and social skills, and help students navigate a successful future.
Workshops for smaller groups are available following the program, where individual classes are invited to meet the musicians and deepen their learning and experience of the music created. They are guided through exercises that boost their self-confidence, and gain insight into the world of music beyond mere performance. This program is great for music curriculum enhancement; workshops can build on specific music and arts curriculum needs.
This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.