Musical Narratives and Storytelling is the theme of our spring semester JUMP! programs.Â If there is one thing the majority of children can relate to, it is the experience of reading or being read a story, whether at home or in school. In many cases, literary stories are the first place a child is introduced to the endless possibilities of imagination and fantasy. These early reading experiences are often magical and treasured by children for years to come. Much like writing, every musical composition has a story, and it is the performerâ€™s role to tell that story in an impactful manner. However, storytelling can differ between performers; for vocalists, the text tells much of the story, while they create physical drama, whereas for instrumentalists, the story may not seem as overt. In our programs for JUMP!, we seek to show the different processes by which vocal and instrumental musicians discover their stories, explore the imaginative possibilities in telling it, and, ultimately, how they create a world that will invite the listener to have a meaningful experience.Â
-Christoph Wagner and Bree Ahern
Spring 2018 JUMP Coordinators: Bree Ahern, MM cello; Christopher Wagner, DMA cello.
All concerts are free of charge, but by reservation only. All six inreach concerts are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. For questions or reservations, contact us:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
The inreach (in-house outreach concerts) concept was conceived by students and faculty from the wind chamber music class at the Shepherd School. Student coordinators soon expanded the program to include student performers from all departments at the school.
Rachel Buchman, head of the Young Childrenâ€™s Division at the Shepherd School, teaches participating students the special performing skills needed to create a fun and informative classical music experience. Other Shepherd School faculty coach the chamber music groups and advise student leaders on planning and administration.Â
Student coordinators find many benefits come from the JUMP! program. Sharing music with children is exciting, energizing, and brings a fresh perspective to their art. In addition to attending a free concert in the intimate setting of Duncan Recital Hall, some school groups include a campus tour in their visit to Rice.Â
For many, it is their first experience on a college campus. As one faculty member observed, â€śWho knows what dreams can come from these experiences? If even one or two children can be inspired to go to college, it will be worth it.â€ť