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Musicians in the Schools

Since 2010, GCO musicians have entertained and educated thousands of Middle Tennessee students with hands-on outreach programs designed around upcoming Masterworks programming. These programs, known as the Gateway Chamber Experience, involve brief performances by GCO artist-teachers, engaging commentary and a side-by-side performance activity based on the upcoming program. Students and their directors are then able to attend the GCO performance with free tickets.


In 2019, GCO musicians made their first Musicians in the School tour of Middle Tennessee Elementary schools reaching over 5000 students . This weeklong tour featured a narrated children’s story with musical selections used to accompany the tale.


During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with school visits no longer possible, GCO created Magical Music & Timeless Tales - a series of 12 educational videos pairing elementary music teachers with GCO musicians for classic children’s stories and engaging music. Classroom teachers narrated the story and created lesson plans for use both in school and in remote settings. GCO musicians selected and performed compositions chosen to illustrate the text and introduce students to works by established masters and underrepresented composers.

If you are interested in having a Gateway Concert Experience program at your school, please contact us.

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