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MakingMUSIC – Literacy and Math :: Concert Hall Program

MakingMUSIC concerts are designed to introduce the orchestra experience to 4th and 5th-grade students at WHITNEY HALL at the KENTUCKY CENTER. These engaging and interactive concerts have been delighting students in the Louisville area since 1940. The curriculum will continue to focus on the connections between music, literacy, and math. Once you have made a concert reservation, please review and download the MakingMUSIC curriculum guides.

MakingMUSIC 2018/19 Concert Guide: LINK to download

Recommended Grades: 4th and 5th-grades only
Dates: March 20, 21, and 22, 2019
Location: Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center
Times:  10:30AM and 12PM
Cost: $8 per student, 1 FREE chaperone for every 10 students, additional chaperones $8. (Please note: FREE ADMISSION and transportation for JCPS Elementary schools named A- J;  4th and 5th-grade students only)


MakingMusic Ensemble Visit :: In-School Program

Louisville Orchestra chamber ensembles are available to present programs related to the MakingMUSIC concert.  Instrument demonstrations are presented in the classroom followed by the chamber concert. Link to Ensemble Visit Guidelines.

Recommended Grades:  4th and 5th-grades only
Dates:  September – December
Time:  9:30am – 11:00am
Duration:  Approximately 90 minutes
Cost:  $550-$1000
(FREE for all JCPS  Elementary Schools K – Z; 4th and 5th-grade students only)


Teddy’s Kids

This program gives 4th and 5th-grade students the opportunity to learn to conduct with the LO’s Music Director Teddy Abrams.  As part of their participation in the MakingMUSIC concerts, each school will select one student to represent them at the concert.  Two conducting sessions with Teddy Abrams will be scheduled for these students ahead of MakingMUSIC concerts for them to learn one piece that will be performed at these concerts.  These students will have two one-hour sessions with Teddy to learn to conduct this piece as well as the basics of conducting and when they attend their specific MakingMUSIC concert, they will join Teddy on stage to conduct the Louisville Orchestra. Please email jbaughman@louisvilleorchestra.org by January 15, 2019, with your student nomination.

Landfill Orchestra

As part of MakingMUSIC, 5th-grade students focus on creating original instruments from found/recycled objects to create the “Landfill Orchestra”. Building rhythms and/or adapting reading materials into a musical rhythm, students can also explore creating melodies with their new instruments. Students can also create more complicated math sentences using different time signatures and explore performing as smaller (chamber) and larger (entire class) ensembles. They can also improvise as the ensembles can be interchangeable. Students are encouraged to bring their Landfill Orchestra instruments to the MakingMUSIC concerts to play along to a specific piece during the performances. The Landfill Orchestra was piloted in 2014/15 with Hartstern Elementary. New community partners include ReStore/Habitat for Humanity who has provided access to materials to build these instruments. This program is open to any school who would like to participate and the curriculum is available in the MakingMUSIC curriculum guide.

Coffee Concerts 

These public concerts are open to Middle and High School students who are ready for the full-length concert experience.  Concert Previews give students the chance to learn about the concert program including history, composers, and musical genres.  Online Curricular Connections study guides are specific to each Coffee Concert and can be found here.

Recommended Grades:  6th to 12th

MOZART REQUIEM – 26 OCT 2018  || Link to Study Guide
OBOE CONCERTO – 16 NOV 2018   || Link to Study Guide
ART + MUSIC  – 25 JAN 2019  || Link to Study Guide
TCHAIKOVSKY CONCERTO #1 – 29 MAR 2019 || Link to Study Guide
TEDDY TALKS BRAHMS – 26 APR 2019 ||Link to Study Guide

BEETHOVEN’S NINTH – 10 MAY 2019  || Link to Study Guide

Concert Talks:  10AM, reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance
Performance Time:  11AM
Location:  Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Arts
Duration:  70 minutes, no intermission
Cost:  $10 per student, 1 FREE chaperone for every 10 students, additional chaperones $10

Reserve Seats Today: LINK to RSVP FORM

Abrams’ Kids/Adopt-a-School

Now in its fourth year, Abrams’ Kids is evolving to an Adopt-a-School model for area high schools. Each semester, Teddy Abrams will be the Artist-in-Residence at an area high school where he will give masterclasses and work with students to create a service project that connects their music to the community. For 2018/19, Teddy will be the Artist-in-Residence at YPAS (fall) and Central High School (winter/spring).