"I love this program just the way it is. Having the programs divided by type of instrument is a great introduction to the Symphony. This program is high interest, high involvement & high learning!"
—4th grade teacher, Butterfield Elementary School, Marana
Music in the Schools
is sponsored by
Music in the Schools (MIS) sends three of the TSO's chamber ensembles (String Quintet, Wind Quintet, and Brass/Percussion Ensemble) throughout the season to 36 public, private, parochial, and charter schools, reaching approximately 10,500 students and 300 teachers. The 30-minute interactive performances are geared towards 3rd - 5th grade students. Each ensemble provides a different approach to the annual theme (see below), introduces their instruments, and explores the structure of the music as a language, and its ability to communicate stories and emotions.
In addition to receiving the three ensemble visits, schools participating in the Music in the Schools program attend the full orchestra Young People's Concert. Participating MIS teachers also receive Making Music Mine curriculum packets to use throughout the school year in preparation for the ensemble visits and the Young People's Concert. For information and examples of this curriculum, please go to the Making Music Mine page.
Young People's Concerts
are sponsored by
Peter Piper's Pizza
Young People's Concerts (YPC) are performed by the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall in downtown Tucson. Reaching more than 13,000 students and teachers in three days, YPC bring the power of a live symphony orchestra to more than 80 schools (including the 36 MIS schools). Public, private, parochial and charter schools are represented and come from the Tucson metropolitan area as well as outlying districts such as Red Rock, Oracle, Rio Rico, Sells, Sahuarita and Nogales. Participating YPC teachers also receive Making Music Mine curriculum packets to use throughout the school year in preparation for the ensemble visits and the Young People's Concert. For more information and examples of this curriculum, please go to the Making Music Mine page.
There are six YPC performance times to choose from:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013: 9:45 or 11:00 AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013: 9:45 or 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2013: 9:45 or 11:00 AM
The 12/13 theme for MIS and YPC is “Music: Language Without Words.” Music is a powerful method of communication, and that is one reason why it has been called a “universal language." The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 Music in the Schools and Young People’s Concert programs will explore how music talks without saying a word.
Examples of past MIS/YPC themes include:
2009/10: Music: Stories in Sound (Communicating the Message strand)
2010/11: Music is What Feelings Sound Like (Exploring the Emotion strand)
2011/12: The Music Toolbox: What Makes Music Work (Building the Framework strand)
"I loved the way you played your instruments and showed good teamwork. I can't wait to hear the Symphony Orchestra in May. You make me want to be a better violin player."
—Student, Lynn-Urquides Elementary
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