Pacific Symphony - Class Act Program
Welcome to Class Act 2023-2024! We will be celebrating our Composer of the Year, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, through the Theme of the Year: Musical Balance! Our Class Act Musician-in-Residence: Andy Honea!
Andy is an original Class Act teaching artists from the inception of the program 29 years ago. He is a member of Pacific Symphony and also participates in other Education Departmental programs, including high school instruction. He is delighted to share his cello with RHLS students and teachers!
The Frieda Belinfante Class Act Program is Pacific Symphony’s flagship youth education program. Individual Symphony musicians are trained and placed in year-long residencies at up to 25 K-8 schools in Orange County, bringing the magic of symphonic music to over 15,000 students.
Class Act’s theme-based curriculum is aligned with both Common Core and VAPA standards and allows school communities the opportunity to explore a new theme and composer each year. In 2022-23 the program’s 28th season, Class Act explored the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the theme of “Musical Conversations.”
The strong partnership component between the Symphony and school communities is key to the success of the program. 8,500 teachers and parents are part of the program each year, while Class Act serves as an entry point to other Symphony activities.
Program activities include Teacher Workshops, which provide educators with grade-level appropriate, multidisciplinary arts activities to enhance student learning in multiple subject areas through music. Student-centered activities include Prelude Assemblies, viewed by each school’s entire student body and hosted by a professional actor who introduces students to their musician and the year’s theme and composer. Classroom Lessons then follow, presented to each grade level and taught by Symphony musicians. As with all program elements, these age-appropriate lessons are aligned with national Common Core and state VAPA standards. Lessons focus on the year’s theme and featured composer, as well as providing details about the musician's instrument and career. Family Night ensemble performances are then presented at each school by a Symphony quintet, led by the school’s musician and featuring their instrument. Youth Concerts are interactive performances presented in late spring by the full Symphony at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. These concerts, designed for students in grades two and higher, emphasize musical concepts learned during the year through the featured composer’s music. Students in grades K and 1 participate in the Interactive Musical Experience, an age-appropriate culminating activity that emphasizes active music-making. Bravo Assemblies (or Codas) conclude the year, featuring each classroom’s creative expression of what was learned through Class Act, in formats of their choosing: dance, music, theater, writing, or visual art presentations.
The Frieda Belinfante Class Act program is presented for a minimal charge to the participating schools in 14 cities countywide and has been recognized by the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the nine most exemplary music education programs in the United States.
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