2003 Bank of America Awardees
BERKELEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
The Berkeley Symphony's Music Education Program (MEP) incorporates a combination of two concerts and two classroom visits for children in grades K-5. Each of Berkeley's elementary schools receives the program every third year, so that a child has the experience twice during elementary school. In addition, 4th and 5th grade students and parents from the MEP are offered complimentary tickets to the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's regular season concerts. Components of the MEP include a teacher in-service session presented by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's education director at each participating school, where teachers receive a recording and supporting materials for the year's program; a classroom visit by musicians and the education director to introduce instruments and prepare children for the first concert; an in-school "Meet the Orchestra" concert that features repertoire designed to introduce students to the instruments and a range of symphonic repertoire; a second classroom visit, during which students work on preparation for their participation with the orchestra in a subsequent "I'm a Performer" concert; and the "I'm a Performer" concert itself, which also include a dress rehearsal with students and some orchestra members about one week prior to the actual concerts. Students may perform with the orchestras by singing, playing recorders, and/or realizing a classroom composition. The program occurs over the course of the school year from September through March, with evaluation completed in the final two months of the year. Evaluation methods include written evaluations collected from musicians and teachers, which are analyzed by a professional evaluator to assist the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in future planning. An outcome of the evaluation process has been increased involvement of teachers in the development of educational materials. Consistent with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's mission of premiering contemporary works and educating the community about contemporary as well as classical symphony music, MEP regularly commissions a work for one of the MEP concerts. In existence since 1994, MEP grew out of a collaboration among musicians, music educators, and elementary school teachers, providing an ongoing basis for affiliation between MEP and local school music programs.
For more information contact: Ms. Rachel K. Brown, Education Director
TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRSA, TUCSON, ARIZONA
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Music in the Schools program is a three-year cycle of programs serving 42 schools The program comprises four in-school concerts by Tucson Symphony Orchestra ensembles each year, followed by a culminating Young People's Concert performed at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. The target population is children in grades 3-5. The four in-school concerts feature the four families of instruments, and all five programs are designed to connect with an annual theme, such as "The Shape of Music". The culminating concert includes a work by a student composer from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Young Composers Project. Music in the Schools helps to fulfill the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's mission of "presenting live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence". Teachers and musicians participate in professional development workshops that connect Music in the Schools with state arts standards and provide training in the use of the curriculum materials supplied by the orchestra. Teachers receive professional development credits for attending these workshops. The curriculum, "Thinking in Music" is an inquiry-based approach to musical understanding. The materials are organized into three strands that provide a basis for instruction and learning; building blocks of music; expressing and communication; and feelings associated with music. Materials include a cd, a curriculum manual, and classroom activity cards. The schools pay 25% of the program cost and provide busing to the final concert. Program evaluation involves written evaluations from teachers, discussions with musicians and teachers, and observations by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's education committee.
For more information contact: Ms. Shawn Campbell, Director of Education & Community Partnerships
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts serve students in grades 3 through 12. In conjunction with the concerts the orchestra provides professional development for teachers; classroom resource materials in the form of lessons, recordings and internet support; and the option of a school visit by a small ensemble and/or teaching artist. Repertoire, materials, and concert experiences are differentiated for primary and secondary students and are designed to reflect the classroom lessons that precede the concerts. Concerts are linked both with the orchestra's mission to maintain and foster an interest in symphonic music and with its school partnership program, though this program also serves teachers and students not involved in its partnership program. The concerts are designed around a theme and always incorporate interactive experiences between the students and the orchestra, often "curated" by a member of the orchestra. Examples might include recorder performance, sharing of a new work composed by students; and involving the students in making decision in the moment with regard to orchestration, etc. The orchestra maintains a relationship with the New York City Department of Education, which covers the cost of tickets, busing, and teacher training. Teachers can receive professional development credits for attending the training sessions. Planning involves the education director and the artistic committee of the orchestra, and incorporates advice provided by teachers through an advisory committee and periodic focus group meetings. Surveys, student focus groups, and student classroom work comprise evidence used in evaluating the program.