As an educator, Daniel has spent a great deal of time teaching in classrooms of every grade level (including university) in the United States and Canada. This experience working in the classroom can be found in the three guiding principles to which every education concert adheres:
- Exposure to quality literature of varied styles and time periods
- Developing active listening and critical thinking skills
- Creating cross-curricular connections with music and other disciplines
While each grade bracket lists four programs, new ones can easily be created to meet the needs of the students, teachers, and administrators in your community!
A Musical Camping Trip
As we climb mountain passes, stroll through green valleys, cross large rivers, and meet a few animals as we learn about the various instruments of the orchestra and how they help create sounds found in nature. This concert features music by Beethoven, Smetana, de Falla, and more!
Dots and Lines
In this concert we will compare how composers uses dots (short sounds) and lines (long sounds) like a painter to write their music. This concert features famous paintings like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte paired with composers such as Beethoven, Debussy, and Fauré.
Creating an Orchestral Fairy Tale
Every great story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Together with the orchestra, we will learn how composers write their stories just like authors do! We’ll explore settings, characters, conflict, and resolution and build our very own orchestral fairy tale!
Adding Up the Orchestra
Together we will discover the three ways composers can musicians together to write their music. One by one, adding instrument families, and repetition. This show is a great way explore classical music and reinforce numeracy skill sets.
The Science of Sound
In this concert we will discover how sound works. Wether it be loud, quiet, high, or low this show uses frequency oscillators, spectrograms, and of course the orchestra to map out how sound works!
A Symphony of Planets
This concert take us on a symphonic journey to learn about the solar system and the orchestra. Each planet is paired with a piece of of classical music and descriptive poems created by students in your district!
The Morse Code of Music
SHORT – SHORT – SHORT – LONG! This program explores how composers write their music using rhythm (long and short sounds), just like Morse Code! We will explore various letters of the morse code alphabet and pair them with great orchestral music!
Creating a Musical Poem
In this program we will explore how composers structure their music into different sections which we call form. This is the same process used to create much of the poetry we know today! We will pair a variety of musical forms with poetry!
The DNA of Music
From rhythm and melody to the physics of sound, we identify the building blocks of music and use symphonic form to help create an entire movement of a symphony!
Music as Rhetoric
This show explores how composers used their music in a persuasive manner, sometimes create political subversion and sometime using it to save their lives.
The Symphonic Museum of Art
Take a stroll through the symphonies repertoire based on works of art and how each tells a story. This program features Modest Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition.
In Good Taste
Follow classical music though time as it reflects society. Through this process, we learn who determines what is “good” music why pieces from different time periods sound the way that they do.