Education Programs for Members and the Community
its multi-generational approach to making music (involving singers ages 8 and
up), the Chorus of Westerly's educational programs are multi-faceted. The
Chorus continues to invest heavily in an expansion of its education programming
for both its singing membership and the general public.
level includes children who have passed an audition and/or have been singing
with the ensemble for a period of time sufficient to the music director's
assessment. The majority of “Chorus Kids” sing in the Chorus of Westerly’s
Children’s Chorus, and may include children as young as 11 years. Members of
the Children’s Chorus sing with the adults on every performance in the
symphonic and theatrical season. Children are rescreened annually. Some teens
in high school may sing with the adults on Monday evenings for two hours.
Music and Movement: A pre-chorister program first offered in 2013, Music and Movement serves our youngest musicians, ages 5 through 7 years. Music is a key feature of early childhood, and children are natural music makers and delight in the musical world around them. In this class, young musicians—ages 5-8—will experience a variety of music activities designed just for them! Children will sing, move expressively, create, and play instruments. While building a repertoire of songs for everyday living, children will acquire music skills and knowledge that will enrich their lives far into the future. In addition to acquiring early music literacy skills, making music enhances children’s understanding of their world, aids in language development, and contributes to their social and emotional well-being.
Chorus: Mondays, 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Choral Camp: All children and teens participating in any of the three children’s chorus levels are welcome to attend our children's Choral Camp program held each August in New Hampshire.
Music and Movement Day Camp: A music program for children ages 5 through 8. The program runs for a week at Kent Hall in August from 9AM to Noon and culminates in a performance for the children’s families and friends, as well as friends of the chorus.
Young children learn through play and demonstrate music understanding through moving, singing, and when ready, reading and manipulating (e.g., writing, reordering, categorizing) iconic representations of sound.
Children develop their musicianship through a continued “ear” and “voice” approach—oral/aural. Music understanding progresses from active listening, moving, and singing to reading and writing symbolic representations of sound including standard notation, tonic solfa, and Curwen hand signs.
learners require a specialized approach, whereby musicianship skills are
approached abstractly (using symbolic and theoretical resources) and concretely
(using sound to sight processes). Materials used for teaching musicianship are
drawn from folk and composed music.
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