Listen Up is an interdisciplinary arts learning tool: a complete five-year, school-wide exploration for students in grades 1 – 5. Five minutes of daily listening with related learning activities cover the work of more than 30 composers across 400 years of history. The program is based on curricula successfully implemented in over 2,500 schools throughout the US and Canada, including 17,000 students in neighboring New Bedford.
Annual Education Concerts
Since 1946, the Rhode Island Philharmonic has presented annual schooltime education concerts to area students at the VETS in Providence. Over the past few years as many as 7,000 students annually have enjoyed a variety of concert themes including Assembling the Orchestra (2011), Sounds of Nature (2010), Dance Around the World (2009) and Tunes & Tales (2008).
Since 2012, the Philharmonic has partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to produce interactive concerts based on Carnegie Hall’s highly successful Link Up series. These concerts have included The Orchestra Sings, teaching students about melody; The Orchestra Moves, teaching students about movement in music; and The Orchestra Rocks, a concert about rhythm.
Our 2017 program, The Orchestra ROCKS, happens May 22-25, 2017. Learn More Here!
Link Up is a music education program conceived to connect classroom with concert hall. It is designed for students in grades 3-5, but may also be appropriate for older or younger audiences, depending on musical interest. No prior music experience required. Each participating student receives a quality soprano recorder and workbook, as part of a 12-unit curriculum that teaches basic music literacy through performance and creative work. The curriculum culminates in a lively interactive concert at The VETS. Watch below the feature on 2012's The Orchestra Sings done by WPRI 12’s The Rhode Show.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic focuses on artistic quality, educational quality, access – The Rhode Island Foundation.
Check out their webpage about the FLEX program HERE
Videos from Our 2013 Concerts
In-School Ensemble Performances
More than 20 ensembles, comprised of Philharmonic Orchestra members and Music School faculty, travel to area schools to present workshops and interactive performances introducing students to a variety of musical styles: Classical, Jazz, World, and Folk. Individual ensembles focus on a particular genre, with workshops on specific topics such as composing, improvising, and telling a story through music. Additionally, musicians can work with classroom teachers to design residencies and workshops customized to complement specific classroom curricula. More about the various ensembles in our In School Ensembles Page.