February 21, 2014
S.C. Phil selected to help assess Carnegie Hall program
The South Carolina Philharmonic is one of just nine orchestras chosen to help the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute (WMI) assess Link Up, its in-school music education curriculum for K-6 students.
A WMI representative observed the S.C. Phil’s educational concerts in Columbia on Thursday, Feb. 20, using the performances and an area teacher’s help to assess Link Up. Hillarie O'Toole
, WMI coordinator of educational partnerships, worked with Springdale Elementary
teacher Linda Collins
to gauge program efficacy with students. After observing Collins instruction in a classroom setting, O’Toole then watched the the S.C. Phil perform The Orchestra Moves before meeting with Collins and orchestra representatives to discuss thoughts on the program.
Of the 59 orchestras that participate in Link Up internationally, Carnegie Hall identified nine Link Up partners that represented the diversity of orchestras that participate in the program. Each orchestra then nominated model music teachers in their community that teach the Link Up curriculum. Out of more than 3,000 teachers that teach this program internationally, approximately 30 were nominated to participate, from which a group of nine exemplary Link Up teachers was selected.
Utilizing curriculum materials provided free-of-charge by WMI, teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.
The culmination of the yearlong program were the four performances of The Orchestra Moves, in which 6,400 students from 90 Midlands schools sang and played the recorder or violin along with the S.C. Phil, led by Music Director Morihiko Nakahara.
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