If this were a normal year, in addition to the Young People’s Concerts, GSO musicians would give master classes in Greenwich Public Schools classrooms. This pandemic year, the master class program, known as GSO in Greenwich Schools has been expanded and changed to a virtual one.
This March and April, musicians from the GSO will perform and speak about their instruments via Google Meets. Students in grades 2 through 5 in all eleven Greenwich ublic school elementary schools will receive this instruction during their regular music class time, which is part of a unit of instruction in students’ core music curriculum. There will be time for questions and personal interaction. Students in the Greenwich Remote Learning School will also participate.
Grade 2 : Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass
Grade 3 : Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone
Grade 4 : Trumpet and Trombone
Grade 5: Percussion
Students in Grades 2-5 in each of the 11 elementary schools, as well as the Remote School, will have the opportunity to take part in these virtual, livestream performances in which the musicians will interact with the students. This format, composed of 48 mini events, will be coordinated by Sandra Heikel, Core Music Instructor/Chorus Director, International School at Dundee. Sandra, who is the Education Coordinator of the GSO Young People’s Concerts, is preparing curriculum materials for the music teachers so that the students are familiar with the music they hear.
High school students in Greenwich High Band will also have the opportunity to work with GSO musicians who will create 10 individual instrument videos with follow-up master classes highlighting warm-up techniques, practices for best sound production, and potential etudes for the following instruments:
• Flute and Piccolo
• Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
• Saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone)
• French Horn