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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Rhythm Factory
Songwriter's Factory
Film Music Factory
Improvise!
Composer Residencies
Immigrant Sounds and Voices

Compose Yourself

Ensemble Performances
Open Rehearsals
Academic Ticket Program
Instrumental Instruction

Partner Schools

From the Director

FAQs for schools

For information contact:

Kevin James
Director of Education
212-977-8495, x252
kevin@americancomposers.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Composer Residencies

For ANY AGE students
WITH or WITHOUT musical experience

World class artists and ensembles from the ACO roster team up with renowned composers to perform concerts featuring contemporary American music in assembly-style, interactive performance settings. Performances can stand alone, or serve as an adjunct or supplement to ACO workshops or related classroom work. Longer term composer residencies can also be arranged. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to concepts of creativity and artistry, the work of the composer, and the rooting of their work in cultural sources often already familiar to the students.

The Music Factory programs of ACO are designed to promote student achievement, inspire creativity and develop baseline transferable skills through close engagement with some of the worlds finest composers and musicians.

Taking unique advantage of one of the city’s most underutilized resources - New York is home to more accomplished composers than any other place in the world - ACO Music Factory programs are hands-on minds-on, performance based activities aimed at students from the 4th-12th grades and are appropriate for in-school or after-school settings.

All provide high-impact learning opportunities for music students of any level, and many are appropriate for schools and students without musical experience. For most ACO Music Factory programs the length and number of artist visits is adaptable to the needs of the school, from a single event to a full semester or year.

For 35 years the ACO has been the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promotion of music by American composers. Since it’s founding the orchestra has commissioned and premiered more new works by American composers than any other orchestra. ACO serves as an incubator of ideas, research and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.

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