The TAPA Music Program offers a wide array of musical experiences and opportunities with a focus on individual skill building, group collaboration and community performances.
In Lower School (7th - 8th grade), students receive an introduction to music performance using keyboards, drums, xylophones, voices and guitars. We study various musical styles including African drumming and Indian music and consider the role music plays in our community and our world.
In Upper School (9th - 12th grade) Music Majors receive 2 periods of music instruction every day. Arts Block focus on theory, history, composition, improvisation, songwriting, ear training and general musicianship. Arts Practicum provides an opportunity for students to take private instrument lessons and develop their instrumental or vocal skills.
Students may also enroll in the following after school ensembles: Chorus, Percussion Ensemble & String Ensemble.
The TAPA Music Department is made up of world-class performing artists:
Sara Azriel: Voice, Piano & Chorus
Dan Dodd: Practice Coach
Marc Friedman (The Slip, Ryan Montbleau): Bass
Michael Gore (Extraordinary Rendition Band): Trumpet
Jesse Holstein, Viola
Tyler James Kelly (The Silks, Cowboy and Lady): Guitar
Sidy Maiga: African Drumming
Mike Murdock (Morris and the East Coast): Drums & Percussion Ensemble
Chase Spruill, Violin + String Ensemble
Jonathan Tollefson (Extraordinary Rendition Band): Saxophone
TAPA Music Programs are possible due to the support of community and national partners:
TAPA Music Arts Team
Avi David, Music Artist in Residence
Avi David is a Providence-based performing artist, educator and organizer. He received a B.A. from Colby College in music performance, history, theory and composition with a focus on jazz guitar and improvisation. He has studied music and performed in Cuba, Spain, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, India, Nepal and across the USA. He performs regularly with the award-winning Extraordinary Rendition Band, an activist street band, and a funk-rock trio called TRUNK. He has taught music for the past 7 years in urban and special ed. classrooms (K-12). Additionally, he is a member of the FirstWorks Education Committee, PRONK! Committee and is a co-founder of the Extraordinary Youth Ensemble, an after school music program for Providence elementary students. An avid performer, educator, cook, writer, traveler, nature-lover and life-enthusiast, David believes deeply in the transformative and therapeutic power of the arts to bring people together, enrich lives, strengthen communities and change the world!
Dan Dodd, Adjunct Music Artist in Residence
Dan Dodd is a songwriter from Providence. He is a follower of synchronicity. Thought becomes reality and the power of manifestation is central to his mentoring philosophy. Joining TAPA in 2015 as a music coach, he is a co-founder of MARS Camp - TAPA's first songwriting summer camp - with Providence songwriter, Sara Azriel. Under the guidance of Music Artist in Residence, Avi David, Dan joins the music program this fall as a part-time artist in residence teaching 7th and 8th grade music as well as the 10th/11th grade Arts Practicum in Music.