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Music Memory

Music Memory is designed to reach all children, not just music students, and give them a life-long love of music. The nationally-recognized curriculum provides students in the 3rd through 6th grades an in-depth study of 16 selected compositions each year. The music is chosen from the five historical periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. Prominent composers of orchestral, vocal, choral, band and keyboard pieces are featured. When the students reach grade 6 and have completed four years of this program, they will be able to identify and appreciate 64 pieces of classical music, including works by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, as well as some jazz standards, opera selections and even some Broadway songs.

While exposed to a carefully selected, diverse repertoire, students acquire focused listening skills. Their music teachers also engage them in a wide range of artistic activities, including creative and structured movement, singing, and performing on rhythm and melody instruments. As they become aware of the structure of each piece—its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns and the instrumentation or voices used--they are able to identify works and composers upon hearing only a few bars.

Extension activities build on this learning. Students also have the opportunity to attend a live Cape Symphony  concert where they test their knowledge in a fun Name That Tune team competition and receive awards for their hard work.

Music Memory also meets an urgent and critical need to reincorporate music into the classroom curriculum and offers a new approach for inspiring students to appreciate music over the long-term. Students develop critical thinking, pattern recognition, emotional involvement and creative expression skills. Music Memory also helps children achieve goals aligned with the Massachusetts and national standards for arts education; assessments are provided in two formats--with printed titles and with picture icons--to make the program more accessible to special learners and ELL students.

The Cape Conservatory provides specialized training sessions with a teacher who has worked extensively with the program, at no cost. Music teachers receive an education packet, including Video Maps, recordings, lesson plans and more as part of their training.  Video Maps are visual animated guides for first time listeners to help them easily understand how music is constructed. Anyone can learn to hear and remember classical music with this proven and effective system.

Music Memory also integrates with other Cape Symphony education programs including the new School Concerts Program, Young People’s Concerts, and One Cape, One Symphony. In each case, music that students study in the classroom is featured in a live-performance setting; since students are already familiar with the music, they appreciate it so much more.

Broaden your students’ learning horizons by incorporating this exceptional opportunity into your school’s curriculum. Contact George Scharr, Director of Community Education, at 508-540-0611 or






What: Music Appreciation Program, Team Competition & Field Trip to the Symphony
For: Students, Grades 3-6
From: Participating Cape & Islands Schools
Cost: Free
Contact: George Scharr, Director of Community Education

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