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M.U.S.I.C (Memphis Urban Strings Ignites Creativity)

Art for Life's Sake employs the Suzuki method for engaging students in violin, viola, cello and bass instructions. Individual and group lessons are provided on Saturdays and after school.

Art for Life's Sake string orchestra continues to develop. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, contact the director at 901-240-3340 or email the director at artforlifessake@gmail.com.
  • Empower students to develop musical knowledge and skills
  • Enrich students' personal, social, career and performance experiences
  • Enable students to acquire traditional orchestral and alternative ensemble music for an enriching musical experience.
  • Enable students the option of advancing to AFLS String Orchestra, a secondary orchestra or one of the Memphis Youth Symphony Programs.

  • L.A.D.S.(Literary and Artistic Development of Students)

    This program integrates literature and visual arts to provide learning experiences connected to the culture of participants. Using a wide variety of methods and media, students examine and discuss works of art, create drawings, paintings, and crafts, or via other modes of creative expression.

    The goals of L.A.D.S. are to enable students to:
  • Explore a variety of multicultural literature.
  • Compare ethnic and cultural concepts in various art forms.
  • Create visual arts based on literature.
  • Maintain portfolios and journals of their writings and art work.
  • Develop written critiques of their art work as well as those of peers and professionals.
  • Dramatize literature and participate in reader's theatre based on stories created by participants.
  • Demonstrate an integration of literacy and visual arts through at least one project.

    S.V.A.C. (Spanish Vocabulary and Conversation)

    The SVAC project was designed to enhance friendships and communication skills between Spanish and non- Spanish students in Art for Life's Sake programs and beyond. SVAC skills are accessible to all participants during Art for Life's Sake Saturday classes. Each student will master the basic skills of the weekly lesson plan through interactive activities. Many of the lesson themes indicated below will be integrated to make the lesson activities relevant and fun, with lots of conversation to enhance mastery.

    S.V.A.C. Lesson Themes:
  • Personal Information
  • Directions
  • Days of the Weeks/Months
  • Asking Questions
  • Colors/Numbers
  • Common Nouns and Verbs
  • Alphabet Pronunciations
  • Greetings
  • Seasons/Weather
  • Using the Telephone
  • Class Projects
  • Parts of the Body
  • Lunchroom Conversation
  • Friendships and Parties
  • Goals of S.V.A.C. are to:
  • Develop Spanish vocabulary and social conversation.
  • Strengthen communication skills with Spanish-speakers and building career options.

    W.W.U.A.S. (Words Wisely Used and Awesomely Spoken)

    Based on the Wordly Wise 3000 Curriculum and Oratorical Skill Development, this creative approach is envisioned to greatly enhance vocabulary development, passage comprehension, and oral and written communication skills. The scope and sequence of weekly activities and time frame for accomplishing goals are provided by a creative and certificated artist. Participants become empowered through word study and the creative and expressive application of the spoken word.

    The goals of W.W.U.A.S. are to enable students to:
  • Enhance vocabulary development, passage comprehension, oral and written communication skills, and voice development.
  • Discover the art of oration, while mastering elocution, diction, enunciation, and presentation of impromptu and prepared speeches.
  • Make the connection between WWUAS and their school goals.
  • Demonstrate achievement motivation and academic improvement.