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Published on May 17, 2011
Symphony Nova Scotia's "Adopt-a-Musician" program has nearly completed its eighth successful year. This unique music education program takes professional musicians into local schools to partner with students and develop their musical creativity.
Over the duration of this year's program, Symphony Nova Scotia musicians have been making regular visits to their "adoptive" classrooms, working collaboratively with students and teachers to create their own original musical composition. The students then performed their compositions live on the Rebecca Cohn stage in a special "We Are the Stars!" concert on Sunday, April 10th.
The concert included performances from all four of this year's participating schools: Bedford South (Grade 4), Mount Edward Elementary in Dartmouth (Grade 5), Nelson Whynder Elementary in North Preston (Grades 4, 5, and 6), and O'Connell Drive Elementary in Porters Lake (Grades 5 and 6).
"The Adopt-a-Musician program is a wonderful opportunity for both children and musicians to forge vital links between our symphony and our schools," says Symphony Nova Scotia Education and Outreach Coordinator Allan Gaskin, who has also experienced this program from the schools' side as a teacher and principal.
"Students learn more about the world of symphonic music, and the musicians learn about the vibrant musical talent in our classrooms. We hope this innovative program will continue to be a creative partnership between our orchestra and our students."
For more information about the Adopt-a-Musician program and Symphony Nova Scotia's other Education and Outreach programs, visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca/education.
"We Are the Stars" is sponsored by Telus Atlantic Community Board, Michelin and Women for Music.
Thank you to Symphony Nova Scotia's other education and outreach supporters: Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Wilsons Fuels, RBC Emerging Artists Program, and TD Canada Trust.