La Musica Schools Project
Since 1997, La Musica has invited third-grade students from Sarasota schools to a special rehearsal-performance with Festival musicians. We target this early age for two reasons: first, it is a time when many students and parents begin to think about music lessons, and second, chamber music is an excellent primary hearing and learning experience because it allows the students to hear individual instruments and follow their conversation with one another.
In 2009, La Musica expanded its educational outreach. Thanks to the Wachovia Foundation, upper level music students are invited to a special rehearsal in the afternoon to meet with the musicians after the rehearsal and receive free concert tickets.
Yet, it is more than a love of music that we wish to impart. For we hope through our chamber music performances to teach young people that no matter the differences in language and ethnicity, music speaks with a universal tongue. Furthermore, the democratic nature of chamber music, a confluence of equals, sets a standard of cooperation to which all peoples and nations should aspire.
La Musica has expanded its outreach program to include older students by having special free open rehearsals at a time convenient to their schedules where they not only listen to the musicians but meet them afterwards to talk about careers in music. With our DVD schools project (funded in part by the Woman's Exchange of Sarasota), we are now able to reach more elementary age students by making the DVD and curriculum guides available to students in third, fourth and fifth grades, where our live performance was previously limited to third grade students.
Ringling College of Art and Design
From 2003-2013, La Musica worked with Ringling College of Art and Design to hold a poster competition in which students interpreted the theme of each Festival. For the poster selection committee, it was always exciting to see the diversity of student interpretations. The collaboration of the two arts institutions allowed us to explore the relationship of the art forms.
A sampling of the winning posters in recent years designed by students at the Ringling College of Art and Design: