Starting in 2003, Concerts at the Point began assisting local music directors and teachers to sustain music education and enrichment. Initially we drew on performers from our concert series and other musicians to make presentations in schools.
In 2013, we started working with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s exciting Education Outreach Program. We now support their “Learning in Concert” programs in elementary schools in Tiverton, Westport, and Fall River. This past school year, about 1000 elementary school students in those three school systems participated.
The NBSO uses a concept-based integration model for its educational curriculum geared for grades 2-5. Each year, their programs are linked by a fundamental concept that is shared between classical music and other subject areas in the school curriculum. Concepts presented in the past include Symmetry, Contrast, Adaptation, Gravity and Balance. See the video below demonstrating the 2018-2019 program “Be Like Beethoven – Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle” which demonstrates these concepts in music composition and in the environment. Also, see one of the many thank you notes from participating students to Terry Wolkowicz, the wizard who created these programs.
Special thanks to the John Clarke Trust and the Rodgers Family Foundation who have provided significant gifts in support of these school programs.