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From the Director

Partner Schools

FAQs for schools

For information contact:

Kevin James
Director of Education
212-977-8495, x252

Music Factory
Education Programs

Music Factory is a hands-on, minds-on program designed to serve school aged children of New York City and individuals of all ages who have a love and curiosity for new music.

Music Factory programs center on providing close interaction with world class composers and musicians.

You don’t have to be a school group to take advantage of ACO education programs - other groups who we serve include libraries, senior centers, and community music schools. Please look at our general offerings below and call if you want to explore a partnership with the ACO education department.

Are you and individual interested in learning to compose? Check out our Compose Yourself program

We are now offering private lessons for adults and teens from some of New York's finest composers.

General Programs

Are you a school representative seeking arts programming? Check out our offerings through the links below.

Rhythm Factory
a technology based program which gets your students using computers to create their own rhythm tracks and musical compositions.

Songwriters Factory
especially effective with a bi-lingual approach, students are immersed in music making, teamwork and writing skills as they’re led through the process of writing and performing their own songs.

master composer/performers work with your students on developing the courage, and technique necessary for a confident and creative approach to improvisation.

Film Music Factory
a technology based program by which the students work with award winning film composers to create a musical score to accompany a real Hollywood film scene.

Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds and Voices
a composer who has immigrated to this country is paired with one of our ensembles. to introduce how concepts of background and identity effect their work and their performance.

School Programs

Composer Residencies
In-school residencies ranging from one day to several weeks, introduce students to concepts of musical composition. Students learn from some of today's brightest musical creators.

Ensemble Performances
world class ensembles showcase work with renowned composers featuring contemporary American music in interactive school workshop settings.

Open Rehearsals
the students attend dress rehearsals of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and other venues, observing and interacting with the conductor, musicians and composers.

Academic Ticket Program
ACO makes free and discounted tickets available to students for all of it’s performances. Rehearsal or concert attendance makes a great adjunct to any of the ACO Music Factory programs!

Instrumental Lessons or Sectionals
Any of our guest artist programs may be augmented with sectional rehearsals or instruction, oftentimes conducted by the musicians of the guest ensembles themselves.

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