The Symphony supports youth in developing a love for music through engaging programs in the community.
Education is central to the Symphony’s mission, and Simply Symphonic is the Symphony’s flagship educational offering. This award-winning program for 5th Grade students features a curriculum guide, distributed to participating classrooms in January, along with a listening CD of musical excerpts. Teachers use the curriculum guide to integrate musical activities into the standard core curriculum as a tool to enhance learning, while at the same time preparing the students for attending the Symphony. In April, the students board buses and head downtown to the Pantages Theater for a specially-created concert featuring the same music they have been listening to on the CD since January. For many this is their first time ever in the beautiful Pantages Theater and the first time they have experienced a full 80-piece symphony orchestra live in concert. It is an experience that makes a strong impression, remaining with them long after. MORE
An informal concert offering specially created for children ages 2-8 and their grown ups. Three programs for smaller ensembles begin the series — providing for an interactive, close encounter with the musicians. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, with the full orchestra, is the culminating concert for the series. With curriculum prepared by Early Childhood Learning experts, the 45 minute performances feature elements to get the children engaged both physically and mentally. An instrument petting zoo starts one hour before each concert.
This unique education outreach effort is designed to bolster existing orchestra programs in schools with scant resources. Professional musicians provide instruction, coaching and adult mentorship for students who would otherwise not be able to benefit from private lessons.
Symphony2U is focused primarily on low-income, underserved schools in the Tacoma School District. Musicians lead eight sessions at each school in partnership with the schools’ orchestra teachers. During each school’s cycle, our string players spend time developing relationships with the students, with a holistic coaching approach on mind-body-soul. The experiences culminates in a finale session that brings in additional players for a quintet-masterclass.
About 250 orchestra students benefit annually from the program, receiving music instruction that they would otherwise not be able to afford as well as invaluable pro-social adult one-on-one mentorship.
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