The Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth Music (P.L.A.Y. Music) is the Winston-Salem Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired program which places an emphasis on the teaching of the whole child: head, heart and hands. The central focus of the curriculum is instilling in each student a thankfulness for their background and place in the world, an appreciation for those different than themselves, a motivation to work with others in a team and to better themselves holistically through active contribution and participation in an ensemble. Additionally, the program strives to assist students to excel academically—particularly in the area of early childhood literacy—by creatively including academic activities in each music lesson.
Team Mozart is the primary level of string ensemble musicianship training which provides beginner K-2nd Grade students the opportunity to develop basic musical skills including music notation, creative movement and dance, beginner violin techniques and care, composition, improvisation, and solfege singing which are all accomplished through participation in “paper orchestra” and beginner strings ensemble.
Team Beethoven is the secondary level of string ensemble musicianship training which provides students upwards of 4th Grade and graduates of Team Mozart at the Academy of Music and Arts the opportunity to further develop their musical skills. Team Beethoven students transition from the “general” music format of Team Mozart into more of a formal “orchestral” setting through more consistent use of chairs, stands, music books and an introduction to cello for select students in hopes of preparing them to successfully audition for the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program.
In an environment that supports their musical growth, social growth, and participation in the ensemble, students will develop musical literacy, learn basic music theory concepts, practice group performance pieces, compose and improvise short compositions as a class.
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Contact the Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Director, Jessica Munch-Dittmar, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (336) 725.1035 x221.