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FAQs for schools

For information contact:

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

Schools Based Partnerships with
American Composers Orchestra

Information you want to know:

  • The ACO is a fully contracted NYC DoE Vendor.

  • All ACO Education programs are designed to help your students achieve the objectives of the NYC DoE Blueprint for Learning in the Arts

  • Music Factory programs are often as appropriate for students with no prior musical experience as for those participating in ongoing in-school ensembles.

  • Most Music Factory programs are appropriate for 4th-12th grade students.

  • Most school-based programs run 2-6 weeks, however length can be as little as a single workshop or performance and as much as a full academic year.

  • Please keep in mind that we are open to the concept of customizing programming to your needs. Examples from the past have include homemade instrument ensembles song-writing seminars for ESL students, and composing as an introduction to computers. Please feel free to be in touch with Kevin James to discuss your particular needs.

What is required of your school:

  • The full support and encouragement of the principal

  • A reliable, responsive, individual point person to communicate and coordinate with the ACO Education Director.

  • Adequate oversight for all sessions as required by standard DoE protocols.

  • An ability to provide necessary paperwork, including a follow-up assessment provided by the ACO.

Email Kevin James Education Director for more info

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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