(CLICK ABOVE IMAGE to view a short movie of Tokyo Sinfonia-in-the-schools performance at Konan Shogakko in Shinagawa-ku on 29th October 2012).
The fourth cornerstone of the Tokyo Sinfonia’s regular programmes, equally important, is Sinfonia-in-the-Schools , developing a well-rounded citizenry of the future.
These in-school programmes are especially designed and beautifully presented to introduce the instruments of the string family to students, to expose them to the variety and beauty of great music, and to involve them intimately in the experience.
The programmes address the general student and also draw in the extended community of student’s family and friends. Many students afterwards attend the Tokyo Sinfonia’s regular public performances, and many begin study of the violin.
Of all the instruments, the strings are also the easiest to teach, and the only instruments that can be taught at a very young age.
The sound of string instruments is a rich, romantic sound beloved the world over.
String programmes are the most simple, worry-free and economical to maintain.
Participation in string ensembles and orchestras fosters the development of social harmony and produces well balanced, responsible, successful citizens. At the very peak of the profession, the most revered of all instrumentalists are great string players who perform on instruments of enormous value.
He has developed the Sinfonia-in-the-Schools programme to set the standard for the profession. The programme combines a tightly scripted introduction to the musicians, their instruments and the music with performances of orchestral pieces, providing the audience with the tools to develop a rich appreciation of classical music.
Presentations for elementary, middle and high schools levels are varied to accord with students’ vocabulary, attention span, and general background.
The recommended size and position of the student audience surrounding the performers is likewise designed for best communication between performers and students as follows:
High school: groups of approximately 350 to 500 each.
Middle school: groups of approximately 250 to 350 each.
Elementary school: groups of approximately 200 to 250 each.
For general and experienced students
The 19 strings of the Tokyo Sinfonia are high in artistic quality, rich and versatile in programming, portable and cost effective. The Sinfonia-in-the-Schools programme allows the Tokyo Sinfonia and Maestro Rÿker to provide a multi-faceted programme which addresses the general student, the experienced student, and even the extended school community of families and friends.
If the school has an active instrumental programme, Maestro Rÿker would wish toprovide extra enrichment through a special clinic in which the Tokyo Sinfonia players coach student players during their own orchestra or band rehearsal session.
As a final to the day’s musical activity, there will be a public concert performance for students to attend with their parents, families and friends. Maestro would also be very happy if he could present selected students from the school as participants in the Tokyo Sinfonia’s evening programme.
To find out more about about engaing the Tokyo Sinfonia for your in-school concert event, please contact us via the contact form of this site.