The Steinway Society of Riverside County provides Music Enrichment Programs, both in school and after school, that focus on the K-12 students of the Coachella Valley.
Classic Concerts in Schools
Classical Concerts in Schools features pianists and soloists on other instruments, dancers, ensembles and youth orchestras, frequently including internationally recognized professionals. The concerts are attended by K-12 students and held in centrally located school multi-purpose rooms and auditoriums. Each year we reach 20,000 students in the Coachella Valley with these programs.
Piano Labs in Schools
Targeting elementary school children, we provide pianos, materials and teachers for group lessons, and keyboards for the children to practice on at home. The children learn music theory, rhythm, fingering and technique, develop focus and listening skills.
The goal is not only to teach children to play the piano but to build a foundation for musicianship throughout their lives through a combination of discipline, fun, and personal attention. This successful program is its fourth year with 12 piano labs a waiting list of many more schools.
Head Start Music Program for Palm Springs Unified School District
The Steinway Society has added a new Music Program for children ages 3 to 5 at Cabot Yerxa Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs. Basic rhythms are taught with simple age appropriate musical instruments. Singing and dancing are a part of the curriculum.
The Outreach Program
Annual Piano Festival Competition for Coachella Valley students.
For over 15 years the Society has invited over a 100 local music teachers in Riverside County to enter students into a 3-part competition. The students participate by working with a world-class adjudicator in a master class and private lesson, then present themselves in a concert. From this group, 10 winners are selected by the judges to receive a $500 study award. There are 2 age groups 7 to 14 and 15 to 18. The winners perform in a concert that is free and open to the public.
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A new program as of 2015 it is open to students 7 to 24 years of age. The adjudicators are World-Class Concert Performers with International Master Teaching Credentials. Three winners will be selected and will perform with The Coachella Symphony as apart of their Seasons events.
Another one of our new programs is the Ukulele Lab. It is geared towards 4th and 5th grade students. Each student receives their own Ukulele and all materials. Teachers for group lessons are also provided.
Music Is Wellness
Music is Wellness is a musical performance program for the Eisenhower Medical Center’s memory care facility that provides day care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Coeta Barker and The Auen Foundation help to fund this program.
Our Two Docent Programs which are taught by volunteer teachers
The McSymphony Series with Steve Battaglia has served over 125,000 children over a 16-year period. Mr. McSymphony is a power point program consisting of 5 classes that bring music appreciation to students K-5th grade. It teaches students about the Orchestra, The Conductor, Opera, Jazz and Ragtime.
Basics of an Orchestra
Basics of an Orchestra consists of two programs, one of which is a 40 minute power point presentation to teach the instruments of a Symphony Orchestra designed for 4th and 5th grade. Robert Poehling and Joe Giarrusso who wrote the program are both volunteers. The second program is a film available on the web site called The History of Music from 1500 to 1900. It is an on line program that coincides with the period in history that the students are studying in class.
If you would like more information about any of the programs we provide or how to get involved, please give us a call at (760) 341-4130.
Your donations make it possible for the Steinway Society or Riverside County to bring music to the children of the Coachella Valley.
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