Link Up: The Orchestra Sings
As part of its 60th anniversary activities, the FSO is celebrating the youth of Northern Virginia by launching an exciting, new music education program for elementary students, grades 3 through 5. Created by Carnegie Hall, this new program unites the class room with the concert hall, giving students the opportunity to explore music through a year-long curriculum of classroom activities and a culminating concert in which students perform with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO). Link Up has become a model for implementing high-quality arts education in schools across the country, and we are pleased to bring this acclaimed program to Fairfax County Public Schools.
The Orchestra Sings program provides student and teachers guides along with audio and DVD resources which are used to teach children basic music reading and to play simple pieces on recorder. For example, in September and October a general music teacher who sees their students once a week might use the Link Up materials for 10 minutes each class to introduce the recorder, while they also teach the basics of music reading. In November they might use half of their class to start to learn the basic recorder songs provided in the Link Up material. In January they might start teaching the more advanced version of the same pieces along with other material. All of which leads up to the concert with the orchestra where the children sing, play the basic or the advancde recorder version of the pieces they have learned. Each child's participation can be tailored to their musical experience and preparation.
This year Woodburn Elementary School is running our first pilot program and we invite everyone, especially general music teachers, elementary school principals, administrators, donors and parents to join us for our Linked Up concert this Spring so that you can enjoy the concert and also directly assess if this is a program that could be beneficial to your students as well. In case you are unable to make the final concert, we intend to stream it over the internet. More details to come.