School-Based Programs

During the 18-19 academic year, Musicopia Teaching Artists taught over 3,600 programs to 16,905 students.  Click here to see which schools offered Musicopia programming. Whether you are seeking a one-time assembly or workshop, support for your cultural enrichment program, or full-year instrumental or vocal coaching programs to supplement your music curriculum, Musicopia is here to meet your school’s curricular needs, schedule, and budget. Musicopia’s offers four types of programs: Assemblies, Workshops, Residencies, and FAME Programs.

Any of the programs below can also now be delivered virtually to meet the evolving needs of our schools. For more information, please contact the Musicopia Program Manager at 215-829-9522, ext. 101.

 

Musicopia offers quality
“Little Ones” programming
for Early Learning Centers

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Afro-Cuban Music and Dance

featuring: Leana Song

 

Shawn Hennessey and Leana Song introduce the audience to the power and beauty of Afro-Cuban music and dance. Dressed in all white, the world renowned percussionists of Leana Song play traditional Batá drums, congas and cajons, bells and shekeres, all while singing ancient Yoruba songs to the Orishas. Leana Song engages students in Afro-Cuban music and culture through history, rhythm, dance, and song. Students will be on their feet during this rocking BatáRumba dance party!

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Grades: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Alex and the Kaleidoscope

featuring: Alex and the Kaleidoscope

Alex Mitnick, host of the Emmy® Award winning children’s TV show Alex & the Kaleidoscope, is your trusted friend & guide for an adventure filled hour of singing, moving, dancing, fun facts and celebration.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Grades: ELC  K-5  Special Needs

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Beats with Code

featuring: Doug Hirlinger

 

Students are led through the process of building music applications with Pure Data (Pd), a free and open-source visual programming language. During the process students are exposed to science and math related to music, sound, and computers, as well as coding and design concepts.

Available as: Workshop, Residency

Grades: 4-12, After-School, Community

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Bollywood Dancing

Featuring: Swati Chaturvedi

 

Using ‘Bollywood Dancing’ as the vehicle, Swati Chaturvedi introduces the sounds and rhythms of India to showcase its diversity of culture, music, and the arts.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs 

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Brazilian Adventure in Music

Featuring: Minas

 

Participants are introduced to the culture and music of Brazil through the Samba, Bossa Nova, and Lambada styles of Brazilian music as the unique dance rhythms and culture of this Portuguese-speaking country are explored.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

Brazilian Adventure in Music

Featuring: Minas

 

Participants are introduced to the culture and music of Brazil through the Samba, Bossa Nova, and Lambada styles of Brazilian music as the unique dance rhythms and culture of this Portuguese-speaking country are explored.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Bucket Drumming

Featuring: Leon Jordan Trio

 

Students expand their knowledge of music and develop an ear for percussion as they explore advanced themes such as polyrhythms, division of meter, and beat sub-division.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs 

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Catch the Vibrations

Featuring: Barnett String Quartet

 

Music and science combine in this interactive program designed to demonstrate through music how sound is produced.

 

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-5

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Come Together: Music of The Beatles

Featuring: Orlando and Patricia Haddad

 

Concentrating on the Beatles, recording artists, Orlando and Patricia Haddad will bring this classic music alive with a student performance. Students will learn about the historical context of the Beatles as well as experience music that is intergenerational, universal, contemporary, which integrates international influences.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-12  After School/Community

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Complaint Choir Residency

Featuring: Rebecca Graham

 

Rebecca creates a constructive and respectful environment in which students address their conflicts, controversies and frustrations through creative outlets including singing, music and dance.

 

Available as: Workshop, Residency

Best for: 3-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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FAME Coaching and Lessons

Featuring: FAME Teaching Artists

 

Musicopia’s Fostering Artistry and Music Excellence (FAME) Coaching and Lessons program provides sustained, year-round music education, through small group vocal or instrumental performance coaching to supplement your school or community program’s music curriculum.

Available as: N/A

Best for: K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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GarageBand

Featuring: KYDD Lab

 

The GarageBand Jam Lab Band is a modern approach to musical composition and ensemble playing that also inspires student’s creativity and digital device prowess.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: 3-12  After School/Community

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Indonesian Dance from the Island of Bali

Featuring: Modero & Company

 

Learn traditional Indonesian from the island of Bali with Modero. Participants will learn the basic postures, hand and eye movements of a classical welcome dance. Sinta will be working closely with students to transfer her energy and knowledge as the master artist through intricate choreography accompanied by mesmerizing gamelan sound. 

Available as: Assembly, Residency, Workshop

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Jazzin' It Up with the Harp

Featuring: Gloria Galante Ensemble

 

A versatile ensemble featuring instruments such as saxophone, piano, bass, and drum set performs alongside the harp, giving jazz favorites from Somewhere over the Rainbow to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man a whole new unique sound.

 

Available as: Assembly

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Journey into Middle Eastern Music

Featuring: Spice Route Ensemble

 

Students are guided through the music and culture of the Middle East while learning the importance of understanding and appreciating diverse cultures.

 

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Lyrics & Songwriting

Featuring: Minas

 

​Patricia King and Orlando Haddad work with students on the creative process of songwriting. By writing their own lyrics and setting these to music, students explore poetic meters and how these relate to musical pulse and rhythm as well as how compositional forms relate to poetic forms, finding commonalities between musical and poetic structures.

Available as: Workshop, Residency

Best for: 3-5  6-8  9-12

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Magic and Magnificence of the Harp

Featuring: Gloria Galante

 

This intimate solo harp program features harps from around the world, a slide presentation, and a mini-harp lesson. Music from Baroque to modern makes this a complete experience, as the audience sees first-hand how this ancient instrument produces its unforgettable sounds. This program concludes by bringing the audience into 20th and 21st century jazz!

Available as: Assembly

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  Special Needs

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Making Modern Noise

Featuring: Outside Sound

 

Jazz artist, Chris Coyle, and his ensemble open students’ eyes to the world of a professional composer, improviser, and songwriter while highlighting the ability of visual art to influence and inspire original music.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Opera: From Sound to Stage

Featuring: Poor Richard's Opera

 

The cast of Poor Richard’s Opera delights audiences through the performance of an abridged opera from one of the following categories: Baroque, Mozart or Rossini, Romantic, or American contemporary. Each opera includes a narrator who explains voice parts, singing styles, character choices, and discusses composer biographies.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-5  6-8  9-12

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Percussion 'Round the World

Featuring: Phil-A- Rhythm

 

​Using a world map, the audience is taken on a musical journey, traveling from country and country to explore various cultures through percussion instruments.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Recycled Sounds

Featuring: Dendê Macêdo

 

This performance and workshop program, by renowned percussionist Dendê Macêdo, uses instruments he made from found materials to deliver a message about protecting our environment through reuse and recycling.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Shake, Scrape and Strike

Featuring: Phil-A-Rhythm

 

Phil-A-Rhythm demonstrates the basic and exotic qualities of instruments in the percussion family, along with their origins and unique sounds, while exploring a wide range of new rhythms and melodic forms.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Songwriting & Recording Residency

Featuring: Alex and the Kaleidoscope

 

As host of the Emmy® Award winning children’s TV show, Alex & the Kaleidoscope, Alex Mitnick’s unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and songwriting into a stimulating and fun musical experience that leaves participants energized and inspired. Each student participating in the program will have hands-on experience in the composition, recording and performance of an original song.

Available as: Residency

Best for: 3-5  6-8  Special Needs

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Speak Up and Drum

Featuring: Lamont Dixon and Music Speaks

 

An inter-disciplinary overview of poetry and music from such diverse times and places as Shakespearean England, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation, the Black Arts Movement of the 1950s & 1960s and the Hip Hop/Spoken word era of today.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: K-5  6-8  9-12

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Steel Pan of the Caribbean

Featuring: Phil-A- Rhythm

 

This program introduces students to the history and the sociological context in which the instrument was created. The history will include notable events such as the banning of public performance on drums, the rise and fall of tamboo bamboo, the creation of the first steel pan and the role of US Naval bases in its evolution.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

Strings 'Round the World

Featuring: Barnett String Quartet

 

This inventive program offers a sampling of the unique and wonderful music from the many cultures that come together in the United States of America. Using a world map, the audience is guided on a trip around the musical world that is lively, interactive, and educational.

Available as: Assembly

Best for: K-5  6-8  Special Needs

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Voices

Featuring: Alexandra Day

 

Vocal skill building takes place in a nurturing environment, as students learn about melody, harmony, projection, and other key vocal concepts. Repertoire ranges from western art music to contemporary music, allowing students to experience various vocal styles.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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Voices and Bucket Drumming

Featuring: Alexandra Day and Leon Jordan, Sr.

 

Spanning genres including jazz, Caribbean, traditional choral, and current pop, this highly interactive program presents many types of rhythms, techniques, percussion instruments, vocal styles, as well as historical and cultural contexts.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Best for: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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West African Drum and Dance

featuring: Troupe Da Da Ensemble

 

Exploring some of the ways African Diaspora performing arts practices are used to affirm community, communicate values and inspire dialogue, this program includes storytelling, dance, mask dance, music and song from Mali, Guinea, The Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Available as: Assembly, Workshop, Residency

Grades: ELC  K-5  6-8  9-12  Special Needs

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We The People

an apolitical musical journey through the US Constitution

 

We the People is an apolitical musical journey through the US Constitution, the three branches of government, our 45 presidents and a brief education on the founding fathers of our great country. Inspired by and modeled after the style of Broadway's Hamilton, it is a historical narrative brilliantly performed by singer and rapper Christian King, drummer Leon Jordan Sr. and keyboardist. 

Available as: Assembly, Residency

Grades: K-5  6-8  9-12 

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