Determined Listening: Keep it on the DL
Has anyone ever taught you what to listen for in music? Did anyone ever show you how to focus your attention so that the music had a deeper meaning to you other than being beautiful? Our own journeys as musicians have been enriched by not only learning how to perform, but how to listen. Determined listening leads us to ask important questions, such as, "Why did the composer write the music that way? Why is the performer choosing to play the piece at this speed? What should happen next?" Our primary goal is to give students the most effective tools to help them cultivate their musical curiosity through our JUMP! programs and beyond.
- Angel Vargas, Jenaesha Browder, Kai Rocke
Fall 2018 JUMP Coordinators: (left to right) Angel Vargas, MM voice; Jenaesha Browder, MM cello; Kai Rocke, MM bassoon
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: email@example.com
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 Children’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.
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.
For many, it is their first experience on a college campus. As one faculty member observed, “Who 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.”