Artist in residence teacher Ashley Babick (on right) works one-on-one with a student.
Artist in residence teacher Ashley Babick (on right) works one-on-one with a student.

Seneca Valley (SV) SD has long been known for its success in the arts, and instrumental musicianship is certainly a large part of that. In addition to the top-notch teachers who instruct SV students, there are also terrific one-on-one opportunities provided to take a student’s talent to the next level. In its fifth year, Seneca Valley proudly offers an “Artist in Residence” program that is driven by the individual musicianship classes as well as the desire to meet individual students’ needs. SV’s philosophy is to help students achieve success in a multitude of ways. Currently there are six Artist in Residence teachers who teach 60 students in grades 9-12 in a one-on-one format, about once a week. These students must be enrolled in an Individual Musicianship class and demonstrate the ability to work independently. Masters of their trade, the artists have been chosen based on need and recommendations from the music department faulty who have music degrees or specialized music training. The program allows the district to expand courses offered to students with a highly trained specialist in their area of interest.