Education, Our Commitment
7-year-old cellist Ruth Naakgteboren.
As lovers of classical music, we know the value of music education. It expands our artistic horizons and brings enjoyment to our lives. Research has shown that music education, especially in children, does far more than that. Learning to play a musical instrument or sing in a choir has positive effects on the brain. Engagement with music can improve the way the brain processes information. It can strengthen decision-making capabilities and help focus attention. Studies have also shown that music education boosts IQ. In our Sedona schools, music education helps with the new emphasis on Whole Child Learning.
Student Orchestra with Kristina Beachell conducting.
For the love of music and the commitment to our community, Chamber Music Sedona has been delivering music education for decades. We have raised funds to purchase instruments for the school programs and sponsor after-school lessons as well sponsoring two after-school student string orchestras, one for advanced students and one for beginning students. We invite the public to attend the student orchestra’s concerts put on twice a year. We also work with the schools to help with their music programs in any way they find will be supportive of their music teachers. We put on rehearsals for the students with internationally renowned musicians. During these events the students interact with the musicians and share a pizza lunch at the end of the rehearsal.
850+ Students at Aizuri Concert.
Chamber Music Sedona also hosts Concerts for Youth for local schoolchildren at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. These are full, professional concerts with the artists we bring in for our concerts. These are held for hundreds of students and their teachers. When our musicians show up, the atmosphere in the auditorium is crackling with energy. The world-class musicians engage personally with the students, answering their questions and explaining the intricacies of grand classical music. For the children, these concerts become memorable, lifetime experiences.
These music education programs are funded through grants from the City of Sedona, the Arizona Commission for the Arts, and generous donations from our members.
A few letters from students who have attended educational programs.