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Education/Outreach

NEW PHIL/JOHN HANCOCK
MUSIC DISCOVERY PROGRAM AT PERRY SCHOOL

The Perry School String Orchestra performs at the school show with New Phil Executive Director Adrienne Hartzell.

Since the Fall of 2005, the New Phil has partnered with John Hancock Financial Services in an extensive music outreach & education project at the Perry Elementary School in South Boston. Members of the New Phil teach weekly classes including general music education, third- through fifth-grade chorus, and Beginning & Intermediate Strings classes.

The program teaches a general knowledge of music based on exploration of songs, rhythm, beat, pitch, note-reading, and instrument demonstrations and petting zoos. The fourth through sixth grade students are given the opportunity to apply these skills as they begin to study the violin, viola, or cello and to really begin to develop their musicianship skills.

The New Phil Perry School Strings teachers pose with school board officials and Perry School principal Mary Jane Dotson.

In addition to regular classes, New Phil also brings special projects and opportunities to the budding musicians. In the program's first year a chorus of third - fifth graders performed "America the Beautiful" with the New Phil at its Gala Opening Classics Concert; members of the Strings Program performed side-by-side with New Phil musicians at the Annual Pops Concert & Auction; Maestro Ron Knudsen and New Phil players joined the Perry School at their year-end school show; and 50 Perry School singers and instrumentalists went to the John Hancock building in South Boston for a special performance and met the CEO!

It is the New Phil's goal to supplement students' academic education with music education that encourages creativity, builds self-confidence, enhances listening/discipline skills, and leaves a lasting appreciation for the arts.

Third grade recorder students
perform for the school.
The second graders play and
sing "Twinkle, Twinkle"!
Third year cellist Aaron was one of the first string players in the program.
The Perry School String Orchestra performs for their classmates.

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