With extensive research supporting arts education as an imperative mental development step for youth, SAACA has strived to create free to engage. Each month, children can enjoy interactive performances through the two-part series Just for Kids and Musical Magic for Kids. The program exists through partnerships with the area’s most acclaimed arts organizations – Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Music and Dance Academy and many others.
Join Music and Dance Academy faculty members as they dance and drum their way into a rollicking good time! Tap, jazz and modern musical styles will be featured in an interactive and fun program. Audience members will enjoy moving with the beat as well as experiencing playing along with body percussion & instruments. Don't miss this opportunity to play, learn and move!
Is there a treasure to be found? Does the world need to be saved… again? YES!!! This story begins with YOU, the beautiful princesses, daring superheroes and brave cowboys travelling on a musical journey to find the magical song that will save precious Little Star. Be prepared to search the world and seek help from the most famous composer ever, Mozart!!! Be sure to wear your favorite costume; tiaras, capes and western wear are all suggested! The story is by David Gay with music composed by Ilona Vukovic-Gay.
Interact with musical instruments and then play at the Children’s Museum! *(Admission: During event from 10am—11am—FREE. $6 after the event. Kids under 12 months get in for free)
The Bear family was in an uproar. “This is too, too upsetting!” said Papa Bear. “First food burglars, then chair breakers. What could be next? I need to go lie down.” Enjoy this delightful retelling of the classic tale composed by TSO violinist Michael Fan.
Learn wonderful life lessons about appreciation and kindness through a charming story entitled "I Am Happy Every Time" by Elesha Khan, whose proceeds benefit Syrian children. The Music and Dance Academy presents our lively violin faculty members, Tamara Khachtryan and Fadi Iskandar. Come along on a beautiful journey to happiness!!
Come aboard, matey, and join us for a musical voyage on the TSO Brass Quintet Pirate Ship! Come dressed as pirates and be prepared to walk the plank into a sea of pirate-themed music! Let your imagination sail with music from pirate movies, musicals, and the works of great composers.
It was graduation day at the Pirate Academy. "Ye be a true Pirate today, matey! Here be yer certificate. Here be yer parrot." "That's not a parrot" said the new graduate. "She be too small. I wants a big squawker, not a pip squeaker." "Nay! That be the last one we got. Take 'er or leave 'er." "Please take me," said the tiny bird. I'll make you proud of me." Join us for this new musical adventure by TSO violinist and composer Michael Fan.
Tonya the Tortoise has lots of great qualities, but speed was not one of them. However, she was about to race one of the fastest animals she knew - Harriet the Hare! Despite her friends’ doubts, she had a feeling she might have exactly what was needed to win the race. Who will emerge victorious? Come join the TSO Wind Quintet for a trio of fables with their new show “Aesop’s Adventures!”
Our old friends Tommy Tom-tom and Chillin' Willie take a field trip to the zoo, where they encounter and befriend Magilla Gorilla and Hicupotomous (the friendly hippo). Join us and learn about the sounds of the animal kingdom.
Come enjoy a rip roarin' hoedown complete with singing, dancing and live music with fiddler Emily Evans! We will be exploring some cowboy and pioneer songs and dances. Fun for the whole family!