Music in the Schools

A new program – “Strings Around the World” – was presented to nine elementary schools in South County in the week of December 3-7, 2018.

Highlights include:

  • The String Quartet

  • A ‘Petting Zoo’ with each child having a hands-on experience

  • World music incorporating history and geography

  The MITS string quartet. Wendy Rios, Pat Petersen, Bunny Reardon, Diane Guillemette .

The MITS string quartet. Wendy Rios, Pat Petersen, Bunny Reardon, Diane Guillemette.

 Narragansett Elementary school, December 6, 2018

Narragansett Elementary school, December 6, 2018

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Past programs have included the following:

String Quartet, Theme #1: Musical Time Machine

The String Quartet plays music that relates the time period of the composition to an event in American history and an invention that was created during that time. Composers include Mozart, Haydn Copland and more. 

String Quartet, Theme #2: The Magic of Music

The world of magic and imagination represented in music is explored through compositions by composers as diverse as Anton Dvorak and John Williams. 

String Quartet, Theme #3: Music Around the World

Travel around the world with the String Quartet as they play musical selections from different countries. Enjoy ethnic instruments and other artifacts to identify global locations. Music by classical composers as well as traditional music are featured.

Woodwind Quintet, Theme #1: From Sea to Shining Sea

A celebration and exploration of American history through events, places and the music. Including works by Haydn, Malcolm Arnold, Scott Joplin, John Williams, John Philip Sousa and traditional music including folk music and spirituals.

Music in the Schools Concerts are sponsored in part by RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the North Family Trust, and individual participating schools.