“The generous contribution by the Rockland Community Foundation to the Clarkstown Central High School North Instrumental Music Department will be used to present a concert tour. Band and Orchestra students will prepare and perform an interactive music assembly to be presented at five district elementary schools and the district middle school. The assembly will provide an enhancement to the music education for not only the high school students who will present the concerts but also to all those who attend. Student musicians will gain important rehearsal and performance experience while giving them a glimpse inside the world of professional musicians who must always work hard and present their best, learning to adjust and be flexible in new performance spaces, as well as how to professionally interact with an audience.
While the opportunities for the high school students to learn and grow musically are evident what is even more important is how this concert tour can enhance the music education of the elementary and middle school audiences. The program will be interactive with the elementary and middle school students through basic question and answer related to the pieces performed as well as at least one well-known piece for the students to sing along with the group. Also, instrumental music students at the elementary and middle schools will have a chance to join the high school students to perform a song. All in all making this concert tour a wonderful educational experience for all involved thanks to the Rockland Community Foundation.”
Clarkstown HS North
Innovative Teaching Grant Award Winner 2013