Hey Teachers! RSVP for MakingMUSIC

(July 7, 2018)   We are taking reservations for our MakingMUSIC concerts in March 2019! Designed for 4th and 5th-grade students, these concerts highlight our fabulous Louisville Orchestra musicians led by our Music Director Teddy Abrams. We will also feature one of the winners of the ALO Young Artist competition performing on each concert. Public, parochial, private and homeschools are welcome! We love sharing the beauty of live orchestral music with our young audiences and hope that you’ll join us for another great year of MakingMUSIC together!

Reservations can be made here: https://louisvilleorchestra.org/makingmusic/

In 1940, Louisville Orchestra’s founder and conductor Robert Whitney began the MakingMUSIC program that provided live orchestral experiences for 4th and 5th-grade students. This legacy program, now entering its 79th year, continues today and reaches more than 17,000 students annually through in-school ensemble visits and special concerts curated by the LO’s Music Director Teddy Abrams. MakingMUSIC has also had a longstanding partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools and annually performs for all 4th and 5th-grade students in the 92 JCPS elementary schools. The curriculum for the MakingMUSIC program is designed around current National, State and Local standards in Music/Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Additional curriculum is created for the MakingMUSIC concert experience so teachers have opportunities to connect their students’ concert experiences directly to their classroom studies. The concert study guide examines each piece using historical information as well as how to utilize elements/ideas from each piece into the classroom.

Within MakingMUSIC there are two additional programs that include The Name Symphony and The Landfill Orchestra. The Name Symphony, designed for 4th-grade students, enables students to make their own music by creating a rhythmic pattern out of their name. They can also create small “ensembles” by working with partners and creating new soundscapes utilizing the different names in a variety of patterns. The Landfill Orchestra, launched in 2014, has been a passion project of Teddy Abrams since its inception. The Landfill Orchestra, designed for 5th-grade students, is a project that turns trash/recyclables into musical instruments. Students are encouraged to bring in trash/recyclables and create their own musical instruments and can set their “Name Symphony” utilizing these new instruments. They also are encouraged to bring these instruments to the MakingMUSIC concert where they play along with the orchestra on a designated piece. The Landfill Orchestra program was piloted in 2014/15 with one elementary school and has now expanded into multiple schools throughout the region.