Community School of Music and Arts at Stocklmeir Elementary

The PTA is proud to continue its support of arts and music for the 2017-2018 school year. Through a collaborative effort among administration, teachers, parents and art docents, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has been chosen to provide music for K-3 and art for K-5 during the regular school day. (Music for 4th and 5th grade students is provided through the Cupertino Union School District.) Your PTA donations in combination with the Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF) directly fund these programs 100%.


K-5 Art Program

CSMA’s Art4Schools program consists of in-depth, skill-building and sequential art lessons that meet the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art.  Lessons are appropriate for each grade level and are taught by professional CSMA instructors who coordinate with each classroom’s curriculum. Lessons are often inspired by a master artist or a cultural/historical context that encourages students to explore topics from other perspectives.

At Stocklmeir Elementary each student will receive 11 art lessons over the year, focusing on drawing and painting, as well as an introduction to ceramics, sculpture and basic three-dimensional concepts. Students develop basic technical skills, as well as learn concepts such as line, shape, value, form and color.

At the end of the year, the students’ works will be displayed in an art show.

To learn more about CSMA’s art programs, visit their website.  Teachers scheduled are Lily Hong and Judy Schulze.

Hong, Lily

Lily Hong, EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND

Lily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lily is a working artist who specializes in drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), and mixed-media collage, although she enjoys all forms of art from bookbinding to photography. Lily joined CSMA’s Art4Schools program in 2016, teaching at Landels Elementary School and Crittenden Middle School. Prior to this experience, she has been teaching, and simultaneously learning, as an art teacher of all ages in Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Mosaic School.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

“By encouraging individual ambitions and open minds to accept new challenges, I aspire to push the students further to explore and expand their originality. As students grow in curiosity, I want to provide opportunities for the students to indulge in the exciting ideas, materials, and techniques of art.”

Sculze, Judy

Judy schulze, EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND

Judy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a minor in Spanish from UC Davis.

Working with CSMA’s Art4Schools program fulfills one of Judy’s childhood dreams of teaching fine art to children, fostering their creativity, and expanding their cultural awareness in the process. She enjoys introducing students to the paintings of her UC Davis professor Wayne Thiebaud, as well as ceramic funk art by Bob Arneson and David Gilhooly, who left quite a legacy in her UC Davis ceramics studios.

Judy joined CSMA’s visual arts faculty in 2009, teaching primarily with the Art4Schools program in the Mountain View-Whisman and Cupertino school districts.  In 2015, Judy helped pilot a new mentoring program at CSMA, developing and supporting our visual art faculty.  In addition to her work with CSMA, she teaches ceramics and runs a small art camp business for children in her neighborhood. 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

“I like to tell my students that ‘mistakes are an artist’s best friend!’ When we make mistakes, we problem solve and bring new ideas to our artwork in the process.  I believe creativity is born from mistakes. 

“I want my classes to have enough structure to impart skills, enough inspiration to produce thoughtfulness, and enough freedom to encourage creativity from each student.”



K-3 Music Program

CSMA’s Music4Schools program gives students a musical foundation through learning musical techniques, as well as music appreciation. They also experience making music with others and performing live. As part of the 20-week music program, music teachers will create lesson plans based on CSMA’s curriculum, which consists of in-depth, skill-building, hands-on, sequential music lessons that meet the California State Content Standards for Music and are appropriate for each grade level.

Eight key concepts will be taught including singing, melody, rhythm, harmony, form, cultural context, creating and playing instruments. At the end of the year, parents, teachers and classmates will be treated to a musical performance.

To learn more about CSMA’s music program, visit their website. Yulia Fomicheva is the assigned music teacher.

Fomicheva, Yulia

EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND

Yulia Fomicheva is a cellist, cello teacher, and piano teacher born in Moscow, Russia. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from renowned institutions in Moscow and a PsD degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Yulia won numerous international music competitions and has performed as a soloist and as a member of ensembles and orchestras in the US, Russia, China, England, and Germany. Yulia has been teaching privately and at different music institutions including the Musical-Pedagogical Institute in Moscow for more than ten years. She gained extensive teaching experience with teenagers and adults as well as with children from the age of five which she taught private lessons in cello, piano, and music theory. Yulia studied the Kodály method of music education at the Kodály Summer Institute at Holy Names University.