For those of you not familiar with the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program, it’s a 3-year program for grades 3-5. The program teaches children how to better hear and understand classical music. They learn how to play the recorder, are taught musical concepts and introduced to major orchestral works.
P.S. 81 is fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful partnership program. Our children
attended a concert here at P.S. 81 given by the New York Philharmonic teaching artists. The theme of the concert was Musical Opposites, and it began with a funny skit performed by the Violinist and French horn player. The two musicians musically dueled from opposite sides of the auditorium.
The talented teaching artists used creative techniques to help the children understand how these musical opposites and different instruments could work together. The artists interacted with the children asking them questions and helping them relate their own personal experience to the musical concepts. They played pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn and invited 3 students on the stage. The teaching artists gave each student a musical ingredient, like mysterious long beat or sticky short notes and let the children choose an instrument to play it.