Classical Music For Kids
The American Classical Orchestra has created and implemented a unique program to introduce classical music to children. Many schools in Fairfield County introduce their students to classical music as part of the ongoing curriculum, while most schools in New York City have no music education program whatsoever. Most schools lack the resources to offer their students regular access to musician and live orchestral performances of the highest professional caliber. In 1999 the ACO developed Classical Music for Kids to address these needs. As of today, the ACO has reached over 50,000 students from 40 schools.
Classical Music for Kids is composed of two inter-related parts: live public performances intended for a family audience and a related education program held in school classrooms. The ACO expanded the program in 2000 to meet the demand from schools resulting in a full series of three family concerts and related education programs. Through aggressive marketing and partnership with local organizations, the ACO reached families in the Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport areas who never before attended a concert of classical music.
The ACO’s Classical Music for Kids program also ties the elementary schools’ music curricula with live performances. Curriculum materials are developed by the orchestra’s Education Department in the form of a teacher’s guide which is taught by music or classroom teachers before the especially designed family matinee concert at Norwalk Concert Hall. The ACO’s Music Director and guest artists visit many classrooms and open rehearsals are scheduled at the concert hall in Norwalk or at school auditoriums. In the fall of 2001, the Stamford, Fairfield, and Easton school districts engaged the Orchestra to present private concerts for their students, offering an assured experience of attending a live performance of classical music.