Music Outreach

Every year the Artist Series selects an acclaimed classical music ensemble whose work reflects diverse cultural dimensions to lead the Artist-in-Residence program. Celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2022, the Artist-in-Residence program has reached thousands of students, and adults, most of whom would never have a chance to meet accomplished musicians “up close and personal.”

Amernet String Quartet was selected to lead our January 2022 residency. Amernet String Quartet is strongly dedicated to sharing its passion for music-making with people from all backgrounds, of all ages. The Quartet also considers it a privilege to educate future generations of musicians and constantly strives to explore the various meeting points of culture and art. The artists are glad to be playing live once again, inspiring future musicians. Funding from a DCA Fast Track grant and South Arts make this program possible.

Our Expanded Artist-in-Residence program consists of a “mini” outreach program held several times a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In 2020 and 2021, educational outreach programs were online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Axiom Brass and Paul Galbraith, guitar were selected to provide videos for school and public library use. They also participated in Meet the Artist Zoom Chats which were very successful and included senior citizens and students alike. Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin and Andrew Armstrong will also provide videos for educational outreach this Spring. Funding from SouthArts and DCA Fast Track grants make these programs possible.

Program activities include eight to thirteen educational music workshops for underserved youth in primary and secondary schools in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson and Gadsden counties; a workshop in a senior living facility; a master class for FSU and FAMU music students and a widely promoted public concert held in Opperman Music Hall at the FSU College of Music.

The residency inspires audience members to attend a classical music performance for the first time, helping build demand for the arts. To encourage workshop participants to attend the final concert The Artist Series offers free admission to students, faculty, staff and parents.

The Artist-in-Residence program and Expanded Music Outreach Programs are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and in previous years through COCA’s Cultural Grant Program funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, and Visit Tallahassee and Duke Energy.

Arts Education IDEAS – Articles about the integration of arts into academic curricula, workshops for teachers and administrators and early childhood home-schooling packages that help parents teach their preschool age children through the arts.

National Association for Music Education – This web site of the professional organization for music educators, provides a collection of resources including publications and an on-line idea center and lesson plan library.

Kennedy Center for the Arts – A comprehensive site for arts educators at all grade levels for a variety of arts disciplines, with hundreds of sample lesson plans.

VH1 Save the Music Foundation – This site helps school districts throughout the U.S. restore music education programs to eligible schools by supplying musical instruments and complete band, string and keyboard programs. The program has helped several Detroit area schools.

New York Philharmonic – The lively animated “kidzone” site features a backstage tour, instrument gallery, composer information, games, an “instrument lab” and a composition workshop. The New York Philharmonic\’s general website also includes an education section that is devoted to teacher resources, lessons, student activities and a useful list of online resource links.

Lesson plans and classroom materials