2010 2011 Classroom Cantatas Final Concert
In 12-session residencies, children work with Cantata Singers Teaching Artists and classroom teachers to compose and perform an original cantata. Working with texts and themes that are integrated into the core curriculum of the classroom, students explore the language of rhythm and melody, giving shape to their individual voices while deepening their understanding of the core subject matter. Over the course of the residency, the cantata is thoughtfully developed and rehearsed under the guidance of our Teaching Artists. A performance is held for their school community and again for other Classroom Cantatas partnering schools at a much anticipated culminating event. Students are fully engaged throughout, from first thought to final performance, sharing with their peers in the enriching process of composition, rehearsal and performance.
Residencies extend beyond musical and curricular frameworks, and into other valuable lessons, as well:
"I learned you have to respect others and cooperate."
"I learned if you work together, it goes faster."
Classroom Cantatas brings out the best in students and visibly demonstrates, in both the students' performance and their written cantata, how much they are able to accomplish, and how unique and valuable their voice is in the world today. Through Classroom Cantatas, Boston children have had the opportunity to bring alive - in words and music - their own experiences, emotions and understanding of the world. Exploring subject matter through our integrated arts program leaves students with new skills and self-confidence, as well as a bound copy of their own cantata and a CD of their performance.
Classroom Cantatas has been a proud partner in urban Boston schools since 1992. In addition, Cantata Singers also offers free or significantly reduced concert tickets to all participating teachers and students, encouraging the development of a lifelong love of music.