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School Concerts Program

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BECAUSE there’s nothing like a child sitting on the edge of their seat, mesmerized as they watch their first live concert.


Announcing: Our 2013-14 School Concerts Program

This program is still FREE of charge!*

All concerts at the Centre In The Square!

Grades 1 - 3


Music and literature are closely aligned. This fun, interactive full orchestra concert shows how music can tell a story and is often comprised of the same elements: plot, characters, setting, and dramatic events. This concert ties into the language curriculum.


January 21, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT! and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT!

January 22, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT! and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT!

Download the Teachers Activity Guide for Music Tells a Story


Grades 4 - 6


A NEW programme from Carnegie Hall for Grades 4 - 6


Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra sings.

A yearlong curriculum for music classrooms focusing on how melodies work. Draws on concert repertoire and culminates with students performing at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium or at a local hall. 

Includes basic soprano recorder techniques and repertoire selections, plus listening, analysis, performance, creative projects, and experiential activities. Composer Thomas Cabaniss guides the exploration.


April 22, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT! and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT!

April 23, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT! and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT!

With melody at the heart of the exploration, students
• perform by singing and playing the recorder or string instruments as
solos, small ensembles, and orchestra
• analyze and interpret the essential musical structures of melody by
creating visual, kinesthetic, and aural analogues, focusing on patterns of
rhythms, numbers of notes, melodic contour, and specific pitches
• connect with the orchestra and explore instruments, families,
and orchestration
• compose and notate new music with our host, Thomas Cabaniss,
using the concert melodies as models
• apply knowledge to observe and re-imagine musical practice in the world
around us

This concert offers the opportunity (optional) for students to perform on recorders with the KWS from the audience! Excellent Yamaha recorders can be obtained by teachers at a discount price from Long & McQuade - contact for details.


This impressive School Concert Program provides music education to the schools in a way that supports teachers by providing resources, musician visits and a concert presentation that ties to the Ontario education curriculum. Our comprehensive program was delivered to over 13, 000 school children across our region last school year alone.

To book your class today, download and submit the KWS School Concerts Seat Booking Form.

Please note that the Teachers Activity Guide will not be delivered electronically for this concert. They will be delivered in person. Please indicate on the Booking Form how many Guides you require.

Did you know that the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery can accept some student tours before or after our school concerts? Contact KW|AG for more information!


The KWS provides extensive supplementary materials to assist teacher preparation prior to the concert experience. A comprehensive Teacher's Guide will be available to download. It includes information about the KWS, details about the concert, class activities, suggested listening and suggested reading.


"What Can Music Do?" Teachers' Activity Guide

"The Four Elements of a Concert" Teachers' Activity Guide

"Music of Canada/Music of the World" Teachers' Activity Guide

A KWS musician will visit each participating school prior to their scheduled concert to connect with the students and give them a preview of the experience. Music docents are available to visit schools following the concert to complete the educational experience.

For more information please contact or 519.745.4711 x 390

To book your class today, fill out the KWS School Concerts Seat Booking Form

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Please include: School (if applicable), Address, Phone Number.

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* Free school concerts generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.