Statewide Education and Outreach Programs
“Great music! They spoke to the children, not down to them; and allowed the children to come up and touch the instruments. Students were very engaged in the performance” A teacher at Kealakehe Elementary School, Kailua-Kona – April 29, 2014
“The performers played music that was unique for our students. Everyone enjoyed the performance. The group talked about specific songs they played to help students understand the music.” The Student Counselor at Ele’ele Elementary School, Kauai – Sept. 26, 2014
Chamber Music Hawaii’s Education/Outreach programs reached over 5,000 students, teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, and community members statewide during the 2014-2015 season. Generous grant support has allowed CMH’s three resident ensembles, the Galliard String Quartet, the Spring Wind Quintet, and the Honolulu Brass Quintet to perform at schools, community centers, libraries, and other venues each year on all six Hawaiian Islands, including Lanai. Each group performs age and content-specific repertoire in formats which are tailored to the needs of the Band/Orchestra Director or Community Liason. Several clinic formats are listed here:
Lecture/Demonstration: The most commonly requested format includes each ensemble performing short excerpts of the repertoire and using talking points to explain the music and how the ensemble performs together. Specific performance issues like getting a good sound, proper posture, and good hand position are among the topics which can be addressed.
‘Side-by-side’: Each member of the professional ensemble sits in his or her specific section in the band or orchestra and plays along with the students. This method provides a quick and intense learning environment for the students and can be quite effective in communicating how to play the music being rehearsed.
Sectional and Individual Coachings: Sometimes a Band or Orchestra Director would like the individual members of chamber group to help specific sections work on music the class is preparing. One-on-one coachings are also offered in cases where a student may need a little extra help to keep up with the class, or there’s a student who could benefit from more advanced tutoring.
If you would like more information or to schedule an in-school appearance please contact Chamber Music Hawaii’s Education/Outreach Coordinator Scott Janusch on (808) 223-7825 or write to:
J. Scott Janusch, Chamber Music Hawaii, PO Box 61939, Honolulu, HI 96839