Aiken Symphony brings music education to students with virtual “Concerts in Classrooms” series

Posted on: March 23, 2021

“The Aiken Symphony Orchestra is providing local public schools free educational videos about classical music with the ‘Concerts in Classrooms’ project,” writes Blakeley Bartee in Saturday’s (3/20) Aiken Standard (Aiken, SC). “Featuring professional musicians who demonstrate their craft onscreen, the video series takes students through four periods of Western music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century…. The series offers three levels of content for elementary, middle and high school students…. The program began in February and will continue through May, with a new video in the series being released to the Aiken County School District each month…. Hosting the 25-minute videos is Dr. Nisan Ak … [who] wrote the scripts and coordinated the guest musicians for the series. One of the goals of the videos is to help children become better listeners of classical music…. ‘It does develop the abstract brain,’ … Ak said…. ‘Your concentration gets not just deeper, but also better …’ Feedback for the project has been overwhelmingly positive, said Ak and [executive director Deedee] Vaughters…. Vaughters said as soon as pandemic conditions allow, the organization will offer in-person field trips as well as a virtual component for students in Aiken County.”