February 9, 2016

New World Symphony Teaches Thousands of Students About Music

Last week, New World Symphony hosted its annual education concerts called “Melody: What’s Love Got to Do With It?” for nearly 3,000 students over the course of two days from Miami-Dade, Broward and even Palm Beach counties.

 “I’m from the Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens and I’m in 8th grade,” said middle school student Glenn Grimmett, “Seeing all the instruments working together as one, creating a beautiful piece of music was just awesome!” 

The students, many who had never seen a symphony orchestra perform before, were introduced to major orchestral works and composers like Beethoven.

“This concert is all about what makes a melody, a melody and all the different ways that composers use a melody,” NWS Conducting Fellow Christian Reif told the audience of 4th-12th graders, their teachers and chaperones.

Teachers who attended the concert with their students expressed the importance of developing well-rounded individuals who are exposed to music, math, language arts and various other subjects not only inside the classroom, but also outside, in real-world environments.

“You learn more from what you experience and you remember a lot more of what you experience than you do of what you hear and what you write. So I think they will take away a whole lot more than they would in the classroom,” said Sandra de la Torre, 5th grade teacher at The Cushman School in Miami.

The students embraced the one-hour program, standing up, and getting involved in the performance.

“We were actually able to interact and sing at the end so it was pretty cool,” said Glenn.

“It made me want to be a better musician so I can one day play like them and be like that,” said Victor Romero, a freshman in the band at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami.

If your school or class wasn’t able to make it for this year’s education concerts, you will still have the opportunity to experience the program via webcast on Monday, May 23rd. Click here to register your school or organization for the webcast and you will receive viewing instructions and a study guide the week prior.

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