Classroom Music Education Program
What's Inside Beethoven's 7th?
for Grades 3-6
Designed for elementary school students in grades 3-6, the Westchester Philharmonic's 2013 education program features the towering masterwork, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, as a springboard to musical learning. Working from both the podium and the piano, conductor Wayne du Maine will introduce the instrument families of strings, winds, brass, and percussion; musical elements of tempo and dynamics, melody and harmony; and key aspects of compositional form. Study guides as well as optional visits from professional teaching artists will help teachers weave the music and theme into classroom lessons.
Mr. du Maine is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic trumpet section and one of the most sought-after classical, jazz, and pop artists in the metropolitan area. He has created and led young people's concerts for many major orchestras and inspires the children with his dazzling presence and impeccable teaching and performance skills. With the Westchester Philharmonic, Mr. du Maine conceived and led children's education programs including last year's "One Voice Among Many", which used the concerto format as a teaching device, and 2011's "Stormy Weather", that culled the imagery and emotion from several classical masterworks. Mr. du Maine is on faculty at Juilliard, Columbia, and Princeton.
The Westchester Philharmonic's education program provides children with an opportunity to experience a professional symphony orchestra in a real concert hall.
"What's Inside Beethoven's 7th?" includes:
- Study Guide (pdf);
- excerpts from the pieces to be performed accessible via our website;
- an optional visit from one or more of our teaching artists;
- tickets to a live performance featuring the Westchester Philharmonic!
Interested in having your school participate in this program?
Simply fill out the Order Form (pdf) and return to our office.
See images from our 2012 program held on March 13!
For your convenience, here is a printable version of the Program Summary (pdf)