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DSO EarShot Education Workshops

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Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

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Musicians with an interest in education and community development are invited to attend two days of trainings and workshops led by extraordinary composer and performer Jessie Montgomery, and ACO Education Director Kevin James.

These workshops are offered as part of the Earshot Readings, co-presented by American Composers Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and are FREE to attend.

EarShot Education is being hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

MARCH 2-3, 2019
at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, MI

Workshop Sessions will explore:

  • the nuts-and-bolts of student engagement, including best practices for composers and musicians in the classroom and beyond
  • positive approaches for bringing composers and their music into K-12 classrooms
  • moving from conversations about diversity to modeling a practice of inclusion

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March 2, 12-3pm: Training Workshop by Kevin James

Composers, New Music and Kids, OH MY!

In this workshop, Kevin James will guide us through the skills needed and recognized best practices for bringing music into the classroom - in this case, via composers and newly composed works. This will be an essential nuts-and-bolts session focused on active learning, understanding and establishing points of entry, how to assure that you’re designing age-appropriate activities, how to develop an arsenal of approaches, and especially, the effective use of modeling.

March 3, 12:30-1:30pm: Panel

Connecting Communities - Music as an Agent of Change

This is a rare opportunity to bring the next generation of music professionals, representing an entire region, into one room to grapple with a collective vision for the impact music ought to have in our communities. This panel will explore ways that students, emerging from university programs into the music profession, can combine efforts, attitudes and approaches to maximize impact. And it will address, hopefully without irony, how we, as musicians and educators, can help our communities move from conversations about diversity to modeling a practice of inclusion.

March 3, 2-3pm: Keynote Presentation by Jessie Montgomery

Enter Dancing: an Improviser's Approach to Outreach

Jessie will model a session with one of the DSO student ensembles and lead a conversation on how we as composers and musicians can use improvisation, and other creative approaches to bridge cultural and socio-economic divides.

March 3, 4-5:30pm: Training Workshop by Kevin James

Small groups of EarShot Composers, DSO Teaching Artists and student ensembles will present the programs they’ve prepared for Detroit public school students. Feedback will be provided by Kevin James and Jessie Montgomery. These sessions will tie together and put into practice all of the elements presented during the Detroit EarShot Education workshops.

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Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

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