How do we find new and meaningful ways to bring classical music to children's daily lives and learning?

The answer is by making connections. Children learn by making connections and In Concert Learning  creates concert experiences where they can see and hear how classical music connects to the world around them in so many beautiful, exciting and unexpected ways. In Concert Learning programs explore concepts that are authentically shared in classical music, science and the arts. By exploring shared concepts across domains, children are able to build deeper and more meaningful understandings that redefine classical music as an inspirational and integral part of their education and their lives. This integrated experience creates a two-way street, where learning in one domain strengthens and supports learning in another. In Concert Learning has created unique concert programs that explore these shared concepts in fun and creative ways. This is NOT your grandfather's Young People's Concert. Sorry Grandpa.

In Concert Learning:  Youth and Family Concert Programs

Adaptations in Motion: Animal and Musical

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Trace the evolution of tetrapod locomotion, spanning millions of years as animals moved from water, to land and then to sky. Each musical piece demonstrates the same locomotion through the melodic and rhythmic motion of the music. In this concert, we explore motion that is shared in classical music and tetrapod locomotion. Throughout the concert, your audience will hear classical music that moves in a swimming, crawling, tree-climbing, jumping, running and flying motion and learn about the amazing discovery of tiktaalik, the animal that first transitioned from swimming in water to crawling onto land.


Musical Concept: Melodic Motion

Connecting Subjects:
 Biology, Scientific Illustration

Be Like Beethoven:

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

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Inspire your audiences to hear real solutions to our growing global plastic pollution problem through beautiful music! Great composers, like Beethoven, can show us how. Listen as various compositional techniques are connected to the way we use and dispose of plastic products. Throughout the concert, the audience will hear how the composer’s musical idea is reused (repetition), repurposed (motivic development) and recycled (fragmentation) within a piece of music. Encouraging environmental sustainability never sounded so good!


Musical Concept: Motivic Development

Connecting Subjects:
 Environmental Science

Tracking Rhythms: Shared Rhythms in Classical Music and Quadruped Gaits

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Discover rhythms that are shared in classical music and the gaits of animals! As animals move through an environment using different types of gaits

(walking, trotting, bounding) their limbs strike the ground creating  specific rhythmic figures that are also found in classical music. We will investigate various animal ground tracks to determine the type of animal that made the track and the gait each animal used while in motion. In the musical performances, the quadruped tracks     will be set in motion, creating a new system of rhythmic notion! Watch and listen as these gaits and tracks   come to life, animated onscreen with each musical performance.


Musical Concepts: Rhythmic Activity and Motion

Connecting Subjects:

Gravity in Space and Sound

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In Gravity in Space and Sound, we explore the concept of gravity in astronomy and classical music. Throughout the concert, the audience will hear music that contains  chord cycles of varying lengths, and chords of varying degrees of pull to the tonic. By connecting each piece of music with a corresponding planet that has a similar orbital cycle and gravitational pull, audience members can hear gravity demonstrated through multiple domains, in our solar system and in our musical system.


Musical Concept: Harmonic Relationships

Connecting Subjects: 
Astronomy, Physics

The Orchestra as Ecosystem

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Experience the orchestra as one magnificent musical ecosystem! Within an ecosystem, balance is key in maintaining harmonious interaction between organisms and their environment. Balance is also a vital component in music. A composer’s concern for balance can be heard in the orchestration of musical parts and manipulation of musical texture. Musical aspects of each ecosystem are performed by specific instruments, sections and instrument families! We'll explore various ecosystems to understand the role of living organisms to sustain a balanced environment and hear how various sections of the orchestra create balance in a musical composition.


Musical Concepts: Musical Texture and Orchestration

Connecting Subjects: 

Sounds and Shapes of Symmetry

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Symmetry is all around us! Throughout the Sounds and Shapes of Symmetry concert, the audience will experience symmetry in multiple domains including architecture, art, nature, geometry and classical music. The symmetry exploration will include slide, mirror and flip symmetry  and feature music from Mozart, Haydn, Bach and more! Watch as symmetrical shapes and images are animated in time with the musical performances.


Musical Concept: Thematic Transformations

Connecting Subjects:
Geometry, Photography, Nature

Creative Contrast

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In Creative Contrast, we explore the concept of contrast in photography, 2-voice poetry and classical music. The concert segments the exploration of contrast into the three areas including contrast in number (texture), contrast in motion (tempo) and contrast in light and tone (tonality). Throughout the concert, the audience will see vivid examples of contrast to understand its capacity to add power and emphasis to words, imagery and music.


Musical Concepts: Texture, Tempo, and Musical Tonality

Connecting Subjects:
 Two-Voice Poetry, Grammar, Photography

Mapping Melodies


In Mapping Melodies, you can draw your audience into your performance, literally! Watch as their drawings come to life in the musical performance. Contour is a rich concept that can be represented in many different ways. In music, we can hear contour in the shape of a melody. In math, we can see contour represented in the way information is shown on a line graph. In imagery, we can see contour represented in the shape or contour of an object, scene or drawing. Mapping Melodies brings these varied representations to life through sight and sound.


Musical Concepts: Melodic Contour

Connecting Subjects: Graphing, Imagery

Sample Screen Animation for Tracking Rhythms

Sample Screen Animation for Be Like Beethoven

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