On Thursday, June 21, the Cape Symphony & Conservatory is putting on a party to raise funds for our educational outreach programs. Did you know that we reach over 19,000 Cape and Islands students a year? It’s true!
Here’s one example of how we do it. MusicWorks! Everyday encourages each child — not just music students - to engage with music in a way that is very personal. It helps them broaden their appreciation for great music and improve their listening skills.
Participants in MusicWorks! Everyday are exposed to classical music for five minutes at the beginning of each school day, five days a week. By listening to the same composition accompanied by interesting facts, stories and concepts over the course of a week, students not only become knowledgeable about the featured music and the composer; but they also improve their ability to focus. Our teachers report an average increase of 15 minutes per day of productivity! The best part? The program is free to participating schools. MusicWorks! Everyday is currently in place at 32 Cape Cod schools with over 11,000 students listening daily to the masterpieces.
Another program that kids all over the Cape participate in is Music Memory. Students in grades two through eight do an in-depth study of 16-20 selected compositions each year. The music is chosen from the five historical periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. The children engage 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. Students develop critical thinking, pattern recognition, emotional involvement and creative expression skills.
Music Memory culminates in a “Name-That-Tune” style competition featuring the Cape Symphony Orchestra. This year’s Music Memory concert took place in May, with 33 teams from 13 schools participating.
These programs, among others, benefit students by developing focused listening skills, providing a hands-on experience with a wide range of artistic and academic activities, and fostering a life-long interest in listening to and playing great music.
You can help us to help the children of Cape Cod and the Islands! Our Music on Tap fundraiser is a feast of music and microbrews in celebration of the arts. We hope you’ll join us. Music on Tap will feature delicious and hearty apps, regional microbrews and wine tastings, a silent auction, and unbelievable raffle prizes worth over $1,000 each. Plus, enjoy live music with the Chantal Joseph Band! You may have seen Chantal performing at The Loft or the Ocean House, at the 2018 Figawi Ball, or as one of the opening acts for 2017’s Pops by the Sea. Her energy and her voice will blow you away!
Music on Tap is Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at the Barnstable campus of the Cape Conservatory, 2235 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA. Buy tickets online today and join us for a fun night and a great cause!