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Music Composition by Classical Music Indy
This program combines visual art, graphic score notation, and music composition to get students sharing their creative voices. Led by a team of professional musicians, students will create visual stories as they learn about rhythm and pitch, and later delve into music notation. A combination of music performance and hands-on activity allows students to take their visual story and translate it into music. By the end, students craft their very own music compositions, which are then performed by a professional musician!
Music from Around the World by Cathy Morris
Students will become familiar with the string family of instruments, and will listen to the rhythms and melodies of Spain, Germany, Scotland, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, and Japan.
Musical Tour of Latin America
A variety of musical styles teach students the differences between salsa, merengue, cumbia, and cha cha cha and the Latin American cultures they come from. Students will sing, dance, and play instruments with the band.
Nature is a great inspiration to all artists. Many composers’ works are influenced by the feelings they have while enjoying the outdoors. Imitating sounds of birds or the smooth flow of water are examples of this. Our instruments are also made from materials found in nature, many types of wood, cane and even the hair of a horse’s tail!
In this program we explore the cello and the clarinet, contrast and compare how they are made, the technical demands of playing it and the beautiful music written with their sound in mind. We will play music by Bach, Mozart, and even a piece written especially for us by the Indianapolis born Jazz composer David Baker!
We will read The Heart Of the Wood by Marguerite W. Davol, the joyful tale of a tree’s transformation into a musical instrument.
And the poem by Ntozake Shange I Live in Music with illustrations by Romare Bearden.
It would be a great program for students who are deciding which instrument to choose!
O Pato - A Sing Along Storytime by Cathy Morris
Students will act out the story of a duck and friends in this Portuguese folk song with live violin performance. Coming together in a circle, students will take turns participating in singing, dancing, and acting while learning cooperation.
The Arts are a vital part of a balanced, complete education. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir invites to the stage local high school choirs for participation in Festival of Carols, one of the season’s most popular concert series, as part of the Spotlight Choir initiative.
Throughout the state of Indiana, high school choral music programs continue to grow and benefit from collaborative efforts such as the community Spotlight Choir series – what an experience for a young person to hone their skills: musicianship, study skills, communication, problem solving, time management and more.
Tanoshi Taiko Drumming
With movement and storytelling included this performance is an interactive introduction to the Japanese drumming tradition of Taiko. Students will learn basic drumming rhythms and partipcate as the performers tell the folk tale of how Taiko began.
The Jazz State of Indiana
Students will be taken back to the “Roaring 20’s” on Indiana Avenue, where ragtime and the blues could be heard. The history lesson continues through 1930-1960 highlighting legends such as Hoagy Carmichael. Contemporary jazz music ends the program.
The Roots of Bluegrass
Circle City Bluegrass Band will introduce your students to the roots of American bluegrass. Through the improvisation of each instrument, students will experience authentic music making at its best.
The Storyteller's Drum
In this blend of African Diaspora music and storytelling, students will become active participants. Students will learn call and response, different ethnic musical styles and their origins, and will enjoy classic African folktales. Authentic African instruments are used.
The World of Strings by Cathy Morris
Students will learn about the role of stringed instruments beyond classical music, as performed on acoustic and electric string instruments. Students will enjoy samplings of country music, rock music and more.
Theme & Variations on the Violin by Cathy Morr...
A demonstration of musical styles including classical, Celtic, country, bluegrass, and jazz using acoustic and unique electric violins. Students will learn about the cultural and geographic regions represented by the music, and will have a chance to try playing a violin.
Vocal Recital Program: Journey Through the Eras
Our recital series, Journey Through the Eras, features the beauty and power of the human voice in a variety of genres: opera, musical theater, art song, and classic “crooner tunes” as they developed over time. If you have a particular request for a program theme, let us know!
Wee Do Wap
An introductory jazz performance for young children. Students will learn the fundamentals of jazz, with tunes ranging from Duke Ellington to nursery rhymes. Students will sing along with “Old McDonald Had a Band”, which introduces the live sounds of a trumpet, tenor sax, piano, and drum set.
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