Richard McKay Extends DCS TechNotes Music Education with Field Trip Concerts for Dallas Elementary Students.

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Hundreds of Dallas ISD students experienced the symphony for the first time today, wrapping up a month-long, hands-on music lesson, as part of a partnership between the district and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

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Hundreds of Dallas ISD students experienced the symphony for the first time today, wrapping up a month-long, hands-on music lesson, as part of a partnership between the district and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

“This program is all about reaching out into those unreached schools and bringing them into our concert hall,” says Richard McKay, artistic director & conductor of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Third, fourth, and fifth graders attended a special performance from the Dallas Chamber Symphony today. For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching. “It is so exciting to see their faces when they walk into the concert hall for the first time, and they’ve never been in a concert hall – most of them – and then they see the whole orchestra on stage. And, especially when we get to do something like Peter and the Wolf that goes in to all of the instrument families, and they get to see the orchestra in a way they’ve never seen or heard before.” Says DCS cellist.

Learning about the orchestra started for these students in the classroom, with an iPad, and an App from the Dallas Chamber Symphony.
“[They get] to use an app on a computer or a tablet, and get to see the sights of the orchestra, hear the sounds of each of the instruments, and certainly walk through the story and learn specifically how each instrument represents a particular character in the piece. So everything that we showed them today probably resonated that much stronger, just because we had that app,” says Richard McKay.

“They didn’t show the animation, they used music in it besides animation,” says third- grader Antonio Gaona. “It is very nice to see them play the instruments,” says third-grader Manuel DeLeon.

For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching.

“Not only do we get to have the kids come to hear us play in concert, but we also get to go out to certain schools,” says DCS cellist.

“That’s one of the most important parts for us as classical musicians, is getting out into the schools letting the students know from a very early age that this actually exists. This is something you can do,” says Jonathan Jones, DCS Clarinetist.

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