Modes of Music Programming: Inspire

InspireIn the past couple of months I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with a fabulous local organization, From the Top.  From the Top is a Boston-based, independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music made by young people.  One facet of From the Top is their Center for the Development of Arts Leaders.  CDAL participants are talented high school and college-aged musicians who want to leverage their talents to advocate for the arts in their home communities.  These Arts Leaders bring their music programs to retirement centers, schools and most recently, Boston Children’s Museum’s Target $1 Friday Nights.

This partnership truly benefits both organizations mutually.  Our visitors get to experience and learn about music and musical instruments from some of the most talented young musicians in the country.  The Arts Leaders in turn get first-hand experience performing for a family audience and introducing basic elements of music theory to children ages 2 – 7 years old.  One Arts Leader, 16 year old violinist Yoo Jin Ahn reflected: Continue reading

Modes of Music Programming: Observe

Modes ObserveFor Family Fest I had the pleasure of working with four different music presenters all in one day!  They were a fabulously diverse line-up and exemplified the aspects of music-making that we try to emphasize in our regular performing arts programming.  I recently posted about Tony Fonseca’s program and the importance of musical experimentation.  The Boston City-wide String Orchestra, on the other hand, inspired the audience by encouraging observation.

One of our modes of performing arts programming at BCM is “kids performing for kids”.  This mode has two purposes: to provide a venue and performance opportunity for Boston area youth; and to expose visiting families to the opportunities for artistic engagement that Boston has to offer. Continue reading

Modes of Music Programming: Experiment

Tony FFor Boston Children’s Museum’s recent Family Fest I had the pleasure of working with four different music presenters all in one day!  They were a fabulously diverse line-up and exemplified the aspects of music-making that we try to emphasize in our regular performing arts programming.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about these presenters, the experiences they provided, other ways we provide music programs at the Museum and how you can provide similar experiences for your children at home. Continue reading