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Instrument Discovery Lab

Last changed: 07/03/2019 4:21pm
PK , K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 Music
Music Science
Arts/PE Program Access
1 60 min
At least two and as many as three classrooms may participate in the Instrument Discovery Lab, for as little as 1 hour or as long as 2.5 hours. Each classroom participating should visit the IDL separately, in waves, for approximately 30 minutes each. The first two waves will be back to back. If a third wave has been scheduled, there will be a short break for the musician teaching artists after the end of the second wave, and the third wave will start at the 90 minute mark.
In-School Workshop
October-June
$250 2
no Phone , Email
​The HSO will email out a Teacher's Guide in advance which contains information about the program, curriculum connections, and activities. The Teacher's Guide is also available on the HSO's website at https://hartfordsymphony.org/education-community/school-programs/instrument-discovery-lab/
​Completing and submitting the program registration forms, including the venue contract; Preparing students for the event using Teacher's Guide (provided by the HSO); Reviewing appropriate attendance behaviors (being quiet and not disruptive during the demonstrations, clapping when the demonstrations are finished, listening to instrument operation instructions, handling instruments with care, etc.)
​Clean and open performance area, whether it is a classroom, cafeteria, gym, auditorium, etc. that is set up by the time of the musicians' arrival, or a minimum of forty-five (45) minutes prior to the start time of the performance; Two adult-size chairs; Microphone required for audiences over 75 students; Temperature shall fall between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit to protect against damage to the instruments, per contractual restrictions; Video and audio recording is PROHIBITED and photography must be without flash, per contractual restrictions with the musicians; Children must be accompanied by teachers or parents; If the room's lighting is low, the school must alert HSO in writing (email is acceptable) no later than two (2) weeks prior to the performance so that music stand lights can be procured.
I CAN identify grade level-appropriate musical concepts and vocabulary used by the musician teaching artists when they are showing me how to play the instruments. I CAN listen critically and comment on what I am hearing myself play. I CAN participate actively by playing as many instruments as I want!
The Instrument Discovery Lab is a musical laboratory that gives children the opportunity to see, hear, touch, and play! Kids have a blast learning how playing a musical instrument is a whole-body experience, and feeling each instrument’s vibrations humming differently from head to toe.

Instruments included: Violin, viola, cello, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone horn, trombone, tuba, drums, guiro, triangle, sleigh bells, tambourine, glockenspiel, egg shakers, maracas, wood block, cowbell, spoons, claves, and tone block. Multiple violins, recorders, flutes, trumpets, trombones, and drums available to maximize student participation. Inventory subject to change.
​In the case that the school needs to change the date and/or time of the event, such a request must be received by the HSO in writing (email is acceptable) no later than six (6) weeks prior to the event date. If the school needs to change the date and/or time change less than six (6) weeks prior to the event date, the school may incur financial penalties. Events that are contracted within six (6) weeks of the event date are deemed confirmed at the time of submitting this application and the school may incur financial penalties if the school needs to change the date and/or time of the event.

If an event needs to be postponed due to circumstances beyond the control of either party, such as inclement weather, the HSO may reschedule the event for another date and time with no financial penalty to Hartford Performs, provided that the school gives reasonable notice (4 hours) to the HSO about such postponement.

In the case that the school needs to cancel the event, such a request must be received by the HSO in writing (email is acceptable) no later than six (6) weeks prior to the event date. If the school needs to cancel the event less than six (6) weeks prior to the event date, Hartford Performs will be held financially responsible for payment of the full fee. Events that are contracted less than six (6) weeks of prior to the event date are deemed confirmed at the time of submitting this application and therefore, if the school needs to cancel the event completely, without postponement, even in the event of circumstances beyond the control of either party, such as inclement weather, Hartford Performs will be held financially responsible for payment of the full fee.
Chaperones to help supervise the instrument stations, spray mouthpieces with sterilizing solution, and pass instruments to kids.

Grade PK

CT.PK.OL.1 Listening: Attend to a speaker or reader during group activities.
Grade PK: Music: Creating: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. A. With substantial guidance, explore favorite musical ideas (such as movements, vocalizations, or instrumental accompaniments).
Grade PK: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. B. With substantial guidance, apply personal, peer, and teacher feedback to refine performances.

Grade K

Grade K: Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls: K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object. DCI: Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
Grade K: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. With guidance, generate musical ideas (such as movements or motives).
Grade K: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. With guidance, apply personal, teacher, and peer feedback to refine performances.

Grade 1

Grade 1: Waves: Light and Sound: 1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. DCI: Sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound.
Grade 1: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. With limited guidance, create musical ideas (such as answering a musical question) for a specific purpose.
Grade 1: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. With limited guidance, apply personal, teacher, and peer feedback to refine performances.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Engineering Design: K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. DCI: Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.
Grade 2: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. Improvise rhythmic and melodic patterns and musical ideas for a specific purpose.
Grade 2: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. Apply established criteria to judge the accuracy, expressiveness, and effectiveness of performances.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Forces and Interactions: 3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. DCI: Objects in contact exert forces on each other.
Grade 3: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. Improvise rhythmic and melodic ideas, and describe connection to specific purpose and context (such as personal and social).
Grade 3: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. Rehearse to refine technical accuracy, expressive qualities, and identified performance challenges.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Energy: 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. DCI: Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents.
Grade 4: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain connection to specific purpose and context (such as social and cultural).
Grade 4: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. B. Rehearse to refine technical accuracy and expressive qualities, and address performance challenges.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. DCI: Measurements of a variety of properties can be used to identify materials.
Grade 5: Music: Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. A. Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain connection to specific purpose and context (such as social, cultural, and historical).
Grade 5: Music: Performing: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. B. Rehearse to refine technical accuracy and expressive qualities to address challenges, and show improvement over time.