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‘Leveling the Playing Field’: A Philharmonic Schools Teacher Reflects

March has been designated Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It’s the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. In honor of Music In Our Schools Month, here is a reflection by teacher Caroline Cregan, of P.S. 120 in Queens, about her experience with the New York Philharmonic’s Philharmonic Schools program.

Dear Mr. Zerna,
That was a great concert and you did a very great job and I want to say thank you. I thank you for trying your best. Is percussion your favorite type of instrument? Also, do you like going home? I do. And did you feel shy when you were on stage? I would.

When my students were given the opportunity to write letters to members of the Philharmonic, they were amazed. “You mean they’ll actually read MY letter?” The sense of excitement was palpable that day in the classroom.

Asking students to write to members of the Orchestra sends the message that they have important ideas to share. It gives them a sense of power and implies that what they have to say matters.

These are the same performers that they watched just days before, slack-jawed and with wide eyes, at David Geffen Hall, which seats almost 3,000 people.

Starting a dialogue gives them a way to share their voice. Now, the performers from the stage just became real. It allows them to dream, ask questions, and, just maybe, nurture the idea that they too might become musicians one day. We give them an opportunity to share connections, hopes, and fears on the page.

My class is comprised of 12 students with disabilities. Often, tasks are harder for these children. Directly or indirectly, they have received the message countless times that they are struggling students. That means they have to work harder at things that come more easily to other students.

But music levels the playing field. There are no wrong answers. Seeing the look on my students’ faces when they realize that it’s time for the Philharmonic is priceless. The program has not only provided them with the vocabulary to speak confidently about music; it has also bridged that gap between the classroom and the stage.

If you’re interested in Philharmonic Schools or are interested in becoming a Partner School click here.

(Photos Courtesy of Caroline Cregan)

Very Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center Education’s Big Umbrella Festival, for Children on Autism Spectrum

We’re proud to share that Musicians from the Philharmonic will perform a Very Young People’s Concert April 14 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse as part of Lincoln Center Education’s Big Umbrella Festival –– the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

This Very Young People’s Concert will feature pre-concert musical games with musicians and a half-hour performance of Martinů’s La revue de cuisine, complete with audience participation and story with Philippe the Penguin, all hosted by Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young. The host of the Philharmonic’s popular Very Young People’s Concerts sums up her goal as: “To make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

Young People’s Concerts, In-School Tour Bring Harlem Renaissance to NYC Schoolkids

Duke Ellington jazz rhythms and Langston Hughes poetry are echoing through the floors and corridors of David Geffen Hall. Why? This week’s Young People’s Concert and Young People’s Concerts for Schools, which are all about the Harlem Renaissance.

For the kids who will come with their classmates to Young People’s Concerts for Schools, Wednesday through Friday, the concert will cap a curriculum, created by the Philharmonic’s Education department, that they’ve been studying with their teachers. For many, this curriculum was further enriched by in-school concerts by the Philharmonic’s Teaching Artist Ensemble in November at schools in all five boroughs. The concerts featured music by some of the same composers on this week’s program, such as Ellington and William Grant Still. Read More...

New Young People’s Concerts Play! Explores Sibelius

Young People’s Concerts Play! ( has been making our beloved Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) accessible from the comfort of your own home or classroom with free on-demand streaming and learning games since the platform was unveiled this time last year.

Now, a new release, “Jean Sibelius — Music of a Hero, Music of a Nation,” explores what makes music sound heroic and how anthems can unite. There’s a composition game designed by NYU Steinhardt’s Music Experience Design Lab; videos featuring lessons with Philharmonic Teaching Artists and the Orchestra performing original music by Very Young Composers; and “Build Your Own Orchestra,” an interactive audio-visual experience that allows students to explore an orchestral piece with Philharmonic players.

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It’s Back to School Week!

It’s Back to School Week at the New York Philharmonic!

As schoolchildren around the world return to classrooms, we’re celebrating the Philharmonic’s commitment to learning. No matter your age, background, and location, the 2017–18 season offers opportunities to connect with the Orchestra and some of the world’s most talented musicians, teaching artists, and scholars — and, of course, the music!

Broaden your insights into music through eight free talks at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Develop a young ensemble’s technique and confidence through workshops and clinics with Philharmonic musicians and coaches. Inspire teachers and classrooms through partnerships that foster the love of music, knowledge of the orchestra, collaboration, and creativity. And excite them with concerts designed just for them, at David Geffen Hall and online, free of charge (see below).

We’ll fill in the details all week, on and social media. Learn more about education at the Philharmonic, enter to win a special prize, and see just how easy it is to tap into the artistry, history, and creativity of the New York Philharmonic.

The New York Philharmonic Supports Music in Our Schools

March has been designated Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It’s the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

Enjoy this video, which expresses the New York Philharmonic’s longtime, year-round commitment to music education in general and MIOSM® in particular!

Please join us in supporting music in our communities’ schools.

N.Y. Philharmonic Teaching Artists Complete 5-Boro School Tour

Philharmonic Schools, a program of the New York Philharmonic

In School Concerts, by the numbers:

Over the past 9 days, more than 4,400 students and 201 teachers in grades 3–5 participated in 20 Philharmonic Schools interactive concerts at 14 schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The performers? One string quartet of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists! Take a bow, Janey Choi (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Erin Wight (viola), and Mitchell Lyon (cello).

These five-borough tours happen twice each year as part of the Philharmonic Schools program.

This concert was titled Belonging: Finding How We Fit. It allowed students to explore belonging in our communities, struggling with feelings of not belonging, and celebrations that inspire feelings of belonging. Read More...

N.Y. Philharmonic Teaching Artists Complete Five-Borough School Tour


In School Concerts, by the numbers:

From February 14 to March 6, more than 5,000 students and 236 teachers in grades 3–5 participated in 19 Philharmonic Schools interactive concerts at 15 partner schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The performers included a string quintet of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists: Stani Dimitrova (violin), Caeli Smith (violin), Marie Daniels (viola), Mitchell Lyon (cello), and Brian Ellingsen (bass).

These five-borough tours happen each year as part of the Philharmonic Schools program.

The concert, titled Finding Our Roots, explored how different composers found inspiration in their own roots — in their own life, in their travels, in their family traditions, or even the history of their country or a country where their ancestors grew up. The repertoire included:

Dvořák  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 77, 1st Movement
Ives  String Quartet No. 1, 1st Movement 
Libby Larsen  Sorrow Song and Jubilee
Daniel Bernard Roumain  String Quartet No. 5, 2nd Movement “Klap Ur Handz”
Dvořák  String Quartet in Eb, 4th Movement

“My favorite moment of each performance was seeing the students move to the music. ... They were always so excited, often leaping to their feet. They would stare at Stani with such concentration, you could see they really wanted to internalize the music and experience it physically,” said Caeli Smith.

Mitchell Lyon said, “I always looked forward to Brian inviting a volunteer on stage to compose a melody using the pentatonic scale. Their nerves from being up in front of their peers would melt away the second the note they were pointing to came floating out of Stani's violin and the baton became almost a musical magic wand in their hands.”

“I was truly amazed when at one of our first concerts, a little bit into [“Klap Ur Handz”], the students’ regular clap turned into an incredibly complex clapping pattern in which the students were able to stay perfectly together,” Stani Dimitrova added.

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

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