Interesting article on music education. The ideas quoted below are from the article -
The approach suggested here is for age 12 and up. Younger children may need a different approach.
“The important thing is that you have to reach people their way,” said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera organization’s audience-development manager. “You can’t reach all people the same way.”
The barrier to getting young people to attend the symphony and opera is simple, Young-Otterstrom believes: If they feel they don’t understand any part of the concert — and are unable to share the experience with similarly aged people — they won’t go.
The symphony’s youth-oriented marketing approach is the polar opposite of the infamous answer Thomas “Fats” Waller gave when asked to define rhythm: “Lady, if you got to ask, you ain’t got it.”
Rhythm is just one of the things that Cho will explain to families on April 27, accompanied by the symphony orchestra. He will isolate and highlight important elements of the Fifth Symphony, and provide insight into the fundamental elements of classical music, such as melodies, themes, instrumentation choices, structure and form. In addition, he’ll provide historical and biographical information about Sibelius and his world-view.
Cho has an easy explanation about why this composer was chosen: “I’m a Sibelius nut,” he said. He likened the three-movement piece to a “beautiful forest” that threatens to overwhelm a visitor. But the score’s narrative structure, brilliant motifs and emotive themes eventually lead the visitor out of the forest to safety and solace.
The annual “Cho’s Anatomy” concert is just one of US | UO’s extensive educational outreach programs that promoters claim reach 160,000 students annually.