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For information contact:

Kevin James
Director of Education
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Rhythm Factory

For students in 4th Grade through High School
WITH or WITHOUT musical experience.
3 to 5 sessions.

Rhythm Factory is a technology based music program which gets students using computers to create their own musical compositions. While they’re at it they’re engaging with a world class composer, gaining comfort with setting up and using computers and learning the basics of rhythm, beats, instrumentation and form.

They work in closely cooperative teams to develop both a sense of professionalism and pride in their work. All sessions are hands-on, creativity and outcome based intensive learning sessions.

Rhythm Factory features a culminating event in which an ACO instrumental ensemble performs for the students and works with them to incorporate the student’s compositions into their performance.

Schools often choose to follow up the Rhythm Factory program with a hands on percussion/drumming program designed to get the kids performing the beats and compositions they’ve created on the computers, oftentimes on instruments of their own creation.

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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