Music Encounters is a DACAMERA Education Initiative that brings classical music and jazz to students just feet from their desks. The mission of the program is to establish creative learning environments for the core-curricular subjects, in line with national and state academic standards, by promoting collaboration between artists, students, and classroom teachers. DACAMERA brings years of experience working with schools in the Houston Independent School District, surrounding school districts, and various charter schools in the greater-Houston area.
DACAMERA Young Artists work in close collaboration with educators to connect music with the content students are learning in school. Research demonstrates a positive correlation between arts-integrated instruction and greater retention and classroom engagement. Students are able to think more critically and communicate more creatively, are more willing to take risks in learning, and are inspired to pursue further educational opportunities outside of the classroom.