Music Education Outreach
Monadnock Music in the Schools
(formerly Lend An Ear!)
“There is no mistaking the joy and uplift students experience when hearing exceptional music played by exceptional musicians right before their eyes—and ears!”
~Andrea Bonsignore, Monadnock Music in the Schools coordinator
Here are some metrics to boast about:
- 12 schools participated
- 72 performances took place
- 18 unique instruments were featured
- 4 families of instruments – strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion—were featured
- 3 special guests also performed on harp, guitar, and accordion
Monadnock Music’s year-round education program enriches and broadens the appreciation and understanding of music for local children. Established in 1985, it was created not only to nurture the audience of the future, but also to provide a valuable and creative experience in each of its performance-demonstrations in local elementary schools.
Taking an interactive approach, performers demonstrate the families of instruments and teach key musical concepts such as rhythm and harmony. Giving children a sense of the life of working musicians, they show that music-making is a craft and an art, as well as something of beauty. These inspirational school visits teach that practicing and performing music help to develop important life skills, such as concentration, team work, interpretive and critical thinking, and problem solving.
Programs include the presentation of the instruments and how they are constructed; a demonstration of various types of sounds the instruments can make; and brief performances that illustrate various styles and characters of music. They also present various musical concepts (form, pitch, rhythm, notation, imitation, tempo, etc). The interactive format features a Question & Answer session, stimulating curiosity and encouraging students to develop their own answers.
If your school would like to participate please contact the Monadnock Music Office at 603-852-4345 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help make this program possible through a gift to Monadnock Music. You may contribute online or by calling 603-852-4345.