SASO participates in the Musical Gold in the Morning music-appreciation programs presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, serving 1,200 unduplicated school children. It introduces students from kindergarten to fifth grade to the works of composers that range from Bach to Copland. An approximately five-minute part of a piece is played through the school’s sound system at the beginning of each day, followed by a script that provides background information on the music. The same excerpt is replayed for the remainder of the week, allowing students to become more familiar with it.
SASO’s participation consists of presenting live performances of some of the pieces that were played to the students each day over the sound system. Each 30-minute program is performed four or five times (twice at one of the schools) and presents several musical excerpts. For each program, one of the presenters (Tim Secomb) acts as narrator, introducing the pieces and discussing the composers and the compositions at a level that is accessible and understandable to elementary school students.
The students respond enthusiastically and attentively. The chance to see and hear the music performed live clearly makes a big impression on many of them. Students at Prince, Maldonado and Banks schools are predominantly Hispanic, representing an audience that is underserved by classical music performances.
SASO members are also available for other musical learning programs for adults or children, such as An Introduction to the String Quartet. To arrange a presentation, call 308-6226.