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Music education: Nonprofit brings classical sounds to local students

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Music in the Mountains’ Music Live program brings live classical music directly into Nevada County’s elementary schools through special assemblies.

MIM’s Music Live program has been an integral part of their educational outreach since 2007 and is free to schools.

This year, MIM’s Music Live presentations feature the Sierra Brass Quintet, consisting of two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba, in a 45-minute “Informance” (a combination concert/performance/demo with information about the music, composers and instruments with a Q and A all rolled into one).



“I was greatly impressed by how the Music Live assembly not only exposed our students to great music but also gave them a scientific and historic perspective as well,” said Dan Zeisler, principal at Chicago Park School.

The program features Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Handel’s “La Rejouissance” from the “Music of the Royal Fireworks,” Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” Georges Bizet’s “Habanera” from “Carmen,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Post March,” Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” as well as a great rendition of the famous American gospel hymn, “When the Saints Go Marching In.”




With scheduling help from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, MIM is able to offer this opportunity to 10 schools each year, reaching an average of about 3,500 children.

To make each Music Live presentation more of a teaching moment, MIM’s education coordinator, Mark Vance, asks the students to write or draw a thank you letter to the performers describing what they heard, saw and liked.

One student at Scotten School in Grass Valley indicated she was ready for more Music Live at school.

“My favorite song was ‘When the Saints Come Marching In.’ It was great, no, awesome! I can’t wait until you come back. It will be fun,” she wrote.

For more about Music Live or MIM’s educational programs, visit http://musicinthemountains.org.


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