Nashville Symphony Partners with Naxos to Bring Music to Students
Naxos of America, Inc. is partnering with the Nashville Symphony to provide free online music resources to educators who attend the Symphony's Young People's Concerts. Each year, more than 17,000 public, private and home-school students attend this free concert series at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which combines the thrill of live music with key educational concepts. Participating teachers are provided with downloadable curriculum, lesson plans and other classroom materials designed to enrich in-school learning - all completely free of charge.
"As a classical music label and distributor, Naxos strives to make recordings available to many educational institutions and orchestras through our Naxos Music Library," says Naxos of America, Inc. CEO Jim Selby. "The Nashville Symphony is cultivating the next generation of classical musicians in our community through their Young People's Concerts and we are honored to be able to assist them in instilling a love for this art form in the children of Nashville. They are the future of classical music and we all have passion for making sure that the future is bright."
Link to Young Peoples Concert Series video, credit to Comprehensive Media, Inc.: http://youtu.be/b3bK3lR5SY8.
Until now, the Nashville Symphony has been searching to provide easy access to recordings that teachers could use to help prepare students for their experience at the Schermerhorn. Franklin-based Naxos stepped in and developed a custom webpage for Nashville-area educators on its Naxos Music Library site. Participating teachers can now log in on their classroom computers to hear a full range of musical works specially selected to enhance the Symphony's curriculum materials. All licensing and setup fees have been waived so that teachers can stream the music free of charge, providing an easy and direct pathway for students to learn about the rich sounds of classical music. Classical works from composers such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, John Cage and more help students utilize their spatial thinking or create interactive listening activities for particular rhythms or tones beforehand. Illuminating these passages makes attending the concert more engaging and fun for the students.
This partnership will benefit schools, teachers and students throughout the Middle Tennessee area, providing cultural enrichment for children of all ages. "We have enjoyed an incredibly fruitful partnership with Naxos, the label that has released most of our recordings since 2000," says Nashville Symphony President & CEO Alan Valentine. "As proud as we are of the GRAMMY Awards that we've won through this partnership, we are every bit as proud to be able to work with Naxos to fulfill our mission of bringing meaningful music education to everyone in our community."
About Nashville Symphony: The GRAMMY Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America's leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, which have received 14 GRAMMY nominations and seven GRAMMY Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 100 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children's concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs inspire 100,000 children and adults each year.