Stamford Symphony and the Stamford Public School District together will be presenting two Concert programs at Westhill High School that will expose every 3rd, 4th and 5th grade student of the Stamford Public School System (approximately 5,000 students) to live orchestral music.
The American Experience, on Tuesday March 20th, is a collaboration with all 4th and 5th grade music teachers in the Stamford Public School system to prepare children for a concert that focuses on their social studies, music and art curriculum. American History curriculum. The Stamford Symphony partners with the schools' music faculty to help prepare students for the concert. They are provided with a variety of resource materials and plans to help them develop curriculum related to the concert. All fourth and fifth graders are invited to participate in a contest to design the program cover for the concert. Selected Stamford High School choristers and student musicians receive the opportunity to sit side-by-side with professional Stamford Symphony musicians in a concert program filled with music that aligns with the classroom curriculum.
The Link-Up Program on Wednesday March 21st is a nationally renowned music education program brought to us by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). The Link Up program: The Orchestra Sings,presented twice (10am and 11:30am) to accommodate all Stamford Public School third graders (over 1,400 students) is a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum about orchestral repertoire. Carnegie Hall’s WMI provides professional development, teacher guidebooks and online resource materials. Specific concepts taught to students include rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration and composition, as they learn to play the recorder. Teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in music making, performing repertoire on a recorder, voice or body percussion as well as creating music compositions inspired by orchestral music they have studied.
The culmination of the yearlong program concludes with a live, interactive performance featuring the Stamford Symphony and all the 3rd grade Stamford Public School students. Students sing and play the recorder from the audience, with the Stamford Symphony. This performance often serves as a student’s first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the learning of musical concepts they have studied.
Link Up’s national partnership grew out of the program’s ongoing work with the New York City’s schools through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985. The Stamford Symphony and the Stamford Public School systems are so pleased to be able to continue to bring such a high quality program to Stamford, CT.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES PROVIDED BY STAMFORD SYMPHONY:
FREE TICKETS FOR KIDS UNDER 18: Children under 18 always welcome to Sunday afternoon concerts free of charge with accompanying adult.
MUSIKIDS: This FREE Interactive workshop demystifies the concert experience. Taught by a leading music educator, children learn how to listen and understand the music. Sundays at 2pm, pre-concert.
ADVANCE THE ARTS: This fundraising enrichment program allows for schools to sell Sunday concert tickets within their school community. All proceeds from ticket sales help fund arts programs at each participating school.
MENTORSHIP/MASTERCLASS: Ongoing mentoring partnership with the HARTT School of Music includes Masterclass opportunities with world renowned musicians as well as training for exceptional students who receive the opportunity to learn by performing with the orchestra.