The Trend
3:45 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

'The nature of man is to make music': how music teaches, comforts

During this season's Lollipop Concert, "The Beethoven Code", one pre-k student is chosen to "conduct" for members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Credit Cass Herrington

Trend host Cass Herrington discusses how music is vital to humans at every stage of our lives.

Local musicians and music enthusiasts are connecting with listeners in some surprising ways. We'll hear how various educational programs in the area are catering to students' respective stages of development.

First, we’ll hear from Monte Skelton, a local jazz musician and elementary school music teacher. Skelton took music classes through the Evansville public school system, but it was one music education outreach program in the first grade that inspired him to pick up the saxophone. And nearly 20 years later, he's still jamming.

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has been hosting Lollipop concerts to thousands of preschool children annually for more than a decade. In Maestro Alfred Savia's 25 years as conductor, he's witnessed children who first interacted with the orchestra become professional musicians in the years ahead -- and others who excelled in other rigorous careers like medicine. We'll listen in on one of these concerts and hear Savia's take on why more and more musicians are splitting their time between performing and teaching.

Then multi-instrumentalist and founder of the New Harmony Music Festival & School Christopher Layer will talk about his partnership with Historic New Harmony to provide a music outreach program for 8th grade students. Layer says he is focusing on this particular age group because those students are searching for identity, and regional heritage music plays a huge part in this.

Finally, we’ll meet music therapist Amy Miller. She created a music education endowment fund in memory of her music-loving four-year-old son, who died due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Miller and her son took a semester of music classes designed for children and parents, which she says created lasting memories that live on.

The New Harmony Music Festival & School

"Field, Forest & Stream" Concert

Where: Historic Thralls Opera House | When: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 at 7pm

Tickets and info: 646-456-7762

http://www.newharmonymusicfest.com/

 

Music Together

Parent/child music & movement classes

Casey Depriest, owner and senior therapist 812-491-9400

www.inmusictherapy.com

www.facebook.com/musictogetherevansville

 

Isaac’s Day of Music

Fundraising event for the Isaac Miller Music Matters Endowment Fund

Where: First Christian Church in Newburgh, IN | When: Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1-5pm

 

Liked a song you heard on the show? Here’s who was featured:

Monte Skelton (live improvisation in studio)

 

Christopher Layer, flute and pipes, from the album "Stones Unturned Returned"

“The Session Jigs”

“The Morning Star Set”

Kris Miller, cellist (live improvisation in studio)