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School Program Descriptions
(grades 3-12)

Performances: A 35th Parallel concert provides students with a focused listening experience, presenting a program that includes the full range of the group’s musical expression. The musicians provide context for the performance by incorporating some discussion and student participation. A presentation during the school day can be anywhere from 40-90 minutes, with longer programs allowing more time for discussion and questions.

Lecture/Demonstrations: A lecture/demonstration provides more opportunity for learning through discussion and student participation. Using musical performance to illustrate key ideas, the performers share more about their instruments, musical styles, and the process of making music. Topics can include: improvisation and composition, differences and similarities between Western and Eastern music, approaches to North Indian rhythm and Middle Eastern melody, etc.

Classroom Visits: Students typically want to learn more after hearing a 35th Parallel performance. This smaller group setting (up to 30 attendees) allows for the most interaction and student participation. Students are able to view the instruments up close and engage in a more informal dialogue with the performers. The musicians respond to students’ questions with stories and information about the instruments and musical styles, as well as their own experiences learning, composing, and performing their music.

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