Symphony Orchestra Augusta to participate in national music education program

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 7:29 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:32 AM
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Symphony Orchestra Augusta will perform six concerts at two local universities for a national music education program.

The orchestra is participating in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program, which gives local students in grades 3 through 5 the opportunity to sing and play an instrument with a professional orchestra, according to a news release.

Symphony Orchestra Augusta is one of 50 organizations chosen for the program, according to the release.

The education program began in 1985 and grew out of a partnership between Carnegie Hall and New York City schools. It provides – free of charge to participating schools – curriculum with accompanying CDs and DVDs for teachers; a Link Up workbook for each student; a professional development webinar for teachers and orchestra administrators; a concert script, repertoire list and accompanying visuals; access to the Link Up Facebook group that connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff members and contributors for information and resource sharing; and support for professional development, program implementation and publicity planning.

Throughout the school year, students learn one of three hands-on curricula that focus on rhythm, melody or melodic motifs. This year’s concerts with Symphony Orchestra Augusta will use The Orchestra Rocks curriculum, which teaches rhythm.

The culmination of the program is a live performance in which students play instruments along with the orchestra.

Symphony Orchestra Augusta will perform Link Up concerts at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Feb. 10-11, and at Georgia Regents University’s Maxwell Theatre at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12. For more information, visit or call (706) 826-4719.

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