RALEIGH — During this uncertain time, the North Carolina Symphony’s music education mission remains constant — and students need access to the arts now more than ever.
To that end, NCS has released a digital broadcast of a North Carolina Symphony Education Concert and its companion materials, to support teachers who are engaging their students virtually and parents who are continuing their children’s education at home. The online content is available free of charge for students, teachers, parents, and audiences of all ages to access and enjoy across North Carolina and worldwide.
These materials may be accessed at ncsymphony.org/virtual with password 1932.
The video stars the symphony’s professional musicians and Music Director Grant Llewellyn performing music by Beethoven, Brahms, William Grant Still, and more. Along the way, Associate Conductor Wesley Schulz takes students on a journey to learn “What Makes Music, Music,” exploring fundamentals such as melody, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and texture. Schulz guides students on how to actively listen and participate as they watch the orchestra perform.
An accompanying Student Book coordinates with the music and topics covered in the Education Concert. The book introduces each composer, and shares fun facts about their life and their music.
These materials were developed by the North Carolina Symphony in close partnership with this state’s music educators. The concepts taught in the video and in the Student Book align with the state curriculum for third, fourth and fifth grade students set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction — and, NCS invites anyone and everyone to watch, listen, learn, and enjoy.
Each year, the Education Concert is created in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is made possible by a grant-in-aid from the State of North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper; and Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources. The symphony is grateful to the corporations, foundation, and individuals who support its education program, as well as to our school system supporters.
NCS also expects to share lesson plans from the Education Concert’s coordinating Teacher Workbook. These creative lesson plans-originally used by teachers in a classroom setting to prepare students for the Education Concert-will be modified for individual, at-home instruction, allowing parents at home or teachers virtually to help students explore musical topics in further depth.
The symphony is grateful for the capability to continue serving and connecting with its audiences through virtual resources during this challenging time. NCS is honored to support parents and teachers in carrying forward the education of our youth-and aims to provide children and adults alike with comfort and inspiration through music.
About the N.C. Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Each year, the North Carolina Symphony’s 300 concerts, education programs, and community engagement events are enjoyed by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties — in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The symphony’s full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
NCS’s state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.