Once in a while we get a realy special treat. Some of the musicians from the
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival visit our school as part of community
outreach. They have performed in my classroom, and we used up tons of paper
and markers and crayons doing improvisational drawings to the music. We
arrange the tables in a circle around the periphery of the room and the
musicians play "in the round". This has been tied to Kandinsky's style of
abstraction, which has lots of movement.
The High School students did portraits of the musicians while they played.
Then, student artwork was displayed at the Grand Canyon "Hall of the Ages"
where the musicians regularly perform. The musicians are great at sharing
information about their instruments and the music they are playing. As this
has evolved, we now have lesson plans for classroom teachers and the music
classes before they come to town.