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CLASSical Music Outreach

CLASSical Music Outreach's Third Grade Program consists of an in-class demonstration in the Fall with a quintet of Michigan Philharmonic musicians comprised of flute, clarinet, trumpet, cello and percussion. The goal of these visits is to introduce children to the instrument families of the orchestra, teach them how to recognize individual instruments, and demonstrate how each instrument produces sound. Musicians actively encourage students to take up an instrument and are selected for their ability to engage children. Content for all demonstrations is arranged by the Philharmonic's Music Director and Conductor Nan Washburn. Each year this program has reached approximately 1400 3rd grade students in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District.

The Fourth Grade Program consists of one in-class "Prelude" demonstration by a string player from the Michigan Philharmonic and the "Koncerts for Kids", a special concert programmed specifically for fourth graders. Normally scheduled in April, the Prelude is designed to give students a preview of the music they will be hearing at the upcoming concert, which takes place in May, as well as learning about concert etiquette.

In addition to the in-class visits and "Koncerts for Kids," the Philharmonic recently developed a DVD for use in conjunction with the CLASSical Music Outreach programs or by itself: "Making Stories, Making Music" is a 30-minute educational DVD designed to encourage children to compose their own music. The program is hosted by Andre Myers, composer of Paddle to the Sea, who explains how music composition is similar to the writing process. It will allow children to meet the composer and get to know him and his background in composing music, with excerpts from Paddle to the Sea and some of Andre's very first compositions. Developed to complement the elementary level Language Arts curricula, this engaging program is ideal for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who are learning about the writing process.

2014 Koncerts for Kids*
*(Please note that these are not public events)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
9:45 am & 11:00 am
Van Buren School District

Friday, May 9, 2014
9:45 am & 11:00 am
Plymouth Canton Cmmunity Schools

Friday, May 16, 2014
9:45 am & 11:00 am
Wayne Westland School District


For more information about our Education Programs, contact
Education Coordinator, Jane Libbing
734.451.2112 or jane@michiganphil.or
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