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, and cross large rivers, we learn about the various instruments of the orchestra and how they help create the sounds found on our trip.
The Diverse Symphony Orchestra: Together we will discover music from different cultures by using the orchestra as a metaphor for diversity. While each instrument may look and sound different, they are each an essential part of a larger mosaic that makes the orchestra beautiful.
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 stories of their own using sound.
Adding Up the Orchestra – Together we will discover the three ways composers can musicians together to write their music. This show focuses around numeracy and the orchestra.
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 paintings by van Gogh and music by Debussy.
A Gift to the Sun – This concert uses the story A Gift to the Sun by youth author Julianne Wiens to take us on a symphonic journey to learn about the solar system and the orchestra.
The Morse Code of Music: SHORT – SHORT – SHORT – LONG! This program explores how music communicates using rhythm (long and short sounds), just like Morse Code!
Creating a Musical Poem: This program discovers how composers structure their music into forms much like poetry using a rondo as a basis for creating a poem.
The DNA of Music – From rhythm and melody to the physics of sound, we identify the building blocks of music through the symphonic form.
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.
In Good Taste – Follow classical music though time as it reflects society. Through this process, we learn why pieces from different time periods sound the way that they do.