Musiqa’s nationally acclaimed Education Program is one of the largest of its kind in the nation for an ensemble our size. Every year, we reach over 6,000 school children in grades 2 through 12, from 60 different schools across eight area school systems, in the Greater Houston area.
For many of these children, their experience with Musiqa marks their first exposure to a professional musical performance in a concert hall setting. Through music, we expand and cultivate students’ interest in the arts, stimulate their creative and analytical thinking, and equip them with valuable knowledge and skills.
Musiqa’s education programs:
a lifelong interest in the arts
creative and analytical thinking
self-esteem for future success
global citizens for the 21st century
The Discovery Series at the Hobby Center
Around the World with Musiqa
Modern arrangements of folk songs in multiple languages teach students musical concepts and how to recognize common themes in music from different cultures. Students learn how modern composers make folk songs come alive in personal, imaginative ways. As the children hear and sing songs in different languages, they gain an appreciation of music from diverse cultures.
These performances take students inside pieces of music to explore rhythm, meter, harmony, orchestration, counterpoint and other key concepts. Students are engaged through a combination of live music, theater and animated graphics. ReMix is interdisciplinary, with introductions to the visual arts and mathematical concepts, bringing music to life.
Music Made and Heard
This in-school composition program surveys the rich diversity of world music traditions, and well as explore the evolution of music from the earliest notated works to the present day. In conjunction with musical exposure, the students have numerous hands-on projects, in which they create their own musical works for voices, hand-made instruments and found objects.
Musiqa’s programs are highly interactive: our Resident Artist visits each participating school for an in-school workshop. We also provide CDs to every classroom, as well as supplemental lesson plans and a study guide, which are tied to the Texas state educational standards.
The Discovery Series programs are free to participating schools, including bus transportation to and from The Hobby Center.