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Music in Our Schools

Music in Our Schools is a series of two yearly chamber music concerts for students Pre-K through Grade 6 at 14 selected schools in Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and Pecos. The program reaches nearly 6,000 students and introduces them to traditional and contemporary classical, jazz, and world music. In keeping with the Festival’s commitment to world-class quality, the music is always performed by the finest artists.

Prior to each concert, music and classroom teachers attend a Festival-run workshop, where they receive training, lesson plans, and materials related to the performance. The teachers return to their schools and introduce the music to their students, helping them experience it through research-based and age-appropriate learning sequences.

When musicians arrive on concert day, the students are already familiar with the music: its sounds, characteristics, instruments, and composers. This pre-concert experience makes each school performance personal, safe, intellectually accessible, and profoundly meaningful.

Note: Curriculum for Music in Our Schools is always based on the nation’s most up-to-date music education standards, which are currently the National Core Music Standards, published by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.

For more information, call Leanne DeVane, Director of Education & Outreach, at 505-983-2075, ext. 113, or click here to email.