Boulder Philharmonic’s Early Explorers program for preschool children

Posted on: December 22, 2020

Colorado’s Boulder Philharmonic has been partnering with Head Start, the national preschool pro-gram, and early-education provider Integral Steps to bring its Early Explorers music education pro-gram into area preschool classrooms. This fall, the Early Explorers Program went to classrooms at Boulder County Head Start’s preschool program for low income and underserved communities, with the orchestra’s music-education partner Integral Steps. The six-week curriculum covering orchestral music, singing, and dancing included a visit by a member of the Boulder Philharmonic percussion section who performed and answered questions. Additional sessions took place at Head Start’s weekly outdoor classes at the Dagny Center in Lafayette. Music, movement, and active listening are included in the curriculum, which highlighted Stravinsky’s Firebird. The Early Explorers program, now in its second school year, is funded in part by a $30,000 grant from the League of American Orchestras’ Futures Fund.