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The Orchestra Rocks

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.

Concert Repertoire

Repertoire Exploration

Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.

The Orchestra Rocks with Steady Beat

How can we use steady beat to keep time and play with rhythms? Students explore steady, strong, and weak beats while learning to sing or play melodic phrases.

The Orchestra Rocks with Rhythmic Patterns

How do composers rock with rhythmic patterns? Students explore rhythmic patterns in Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana and the use of ostinato and accents in Stravinsky’s “Dance of the Adolescents” from The Rite of Spring.

The Orchestra Rocks with Layers

How do composers use musical layers to create excitement? Students explore musical layers and expressive qualities in orchestral music.

The Orchestra Rocks with Themes

How do composers use different rhythmic themes for expressive purposes? Students listen to the major themes of the Finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and invent creative movements to express the music.

Professional Development Videos

Teaching “Come to Play”

Instrument Families

Get to Know the Orchestra

What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.

Concert Experience

Prepare for the Culminating Concert

How can we prepare for and reflect on our culminating concert experience with our Link Up partner orchestra? Students learn about Carnegie Hall and important landmarks in their own neighborhood, as well as prepare for and reflect on the culminating concert.

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