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Educational Activities

Educational projects

are an important aspect of Sinfonia Varsovia’s activities. Based on experience acquired in previous years, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra has worked out a consistent program of activities in the field of cultural and artistic education, addressed to various age groups of children and youths.

Smykofonia na Grochowskiej (Toddler Philharmonic at Grochowska St.) is a program for parents with children aged 0-5 and for pregnant women. The Labyrinth Event is intended for organised groups of elementary school students in grades I – IV and Akademia Sinfonia Varsovia is for senior music academy students and graduates.

Educational projects are implemented with the involvement and support of central and local government institutions and non-governmental organisations: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw and mazowieckie voivodship education management institutions and the Music is for Everyone Foundation.

In 2014 there are plans to introduce new forms of music learning for youths, addressed to students of junior high schools and high schools in the Praga Południe district of Warsaw.

 

Toddler Philharmonic at Grochowska St.

The Toddler Philharmonic is a cycle of special concerts for tiny music lovers aged 0-5 and for their guardians. The form of the concerts and works performed are suited to the perceptive abilities of young children. Artists establish contact with the children and toddlers and entice them to play games based on the motifs of selected works. Apart from stimulating the child’s development, these activities also fall in line with the idea of encouraging whole families to take part in cultural events.

Based on British music learning methods, the project was adapted to Polish conditions by music teachers, musicians and promoters of culture. In Poland, the project is implemented by the Music is for Everyone Foundation, while artistic support is provided by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, whose musicians actively participate in some of the Toddler Philharmonic’s concerts.

Thanks to the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra’s cooperation with the Music is for Everyone Foundation, Praga Południe is the only district in Warsaw (except for Śródmieście) that offers its residents this unique form of stimulation of children’s development. The first two pilot concerts were played in the Orchestra’s headquarters in June 2012 and regular monthly concerts have been taking place since July 2012, all enjoying immense popularity.

for more information please visit: www.smykofonia.pl

 

The Labyrinth Event at Grochowska St.

This programme is intended to popularise music, to reveal talents and to uncover educational and professional potential. The program is addressed to students of elementary schools in grades I – IV and for their teachers. Activities are attended by school groups, mainly from elementary schools located in Warsaw and in the mazowieckie voivodship.

Each program cycle entails a set of several workshops intended to share knowledge about composers, music instruments, basic music ideas and terminology, connections between music tradition and modern forms and professions and professional possibilities offered by this form of art.

Knowledge is shared in unconventional ways that are attractive to young recipients. These include field games, quizzes, direct contact with instruments and recording and editing of music in a recording studio.

Labyrinth Event themes are always coupled with the theme of the next La Folle Journée festival – an international festival intended to popularise classical music.

The program was developed by the Music is for Everyone Foundation in cooperation with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. If possible, the Orchestra’s musicians participate in the program, taking advantage of the Institution’s logistics.

The Labyrinth Event is implemented with support from education authorities in Warsaw and in the mazowieckie voivodship. Each year, several hundred workshop cycles are attended by several thousand students and teachers.

for more information please visit: www.akcjalabirynt.pl

 

Sinfonia Varsovia Academy

The mission of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy is to prepare young musicians to play in the best orchestras by taking advantage of knowledge and experience shared by musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia.

This elite programme is intended for students and graduates of music schools. It is delivered in the form of workshops for individuals and for groups.

Young musicians selected in professional auditions gain an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of playing in an orchestra. The best will be invited to take part in concert and recording projects together with Sinfonia Varsovia. Academy participants have had opportunities to perform on stage with such artists as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Krzysztof Penderecki and Maxim Vengerov.

An additional benefit of the project is that outstanding participants take part in master classes run by world-class virtuosos, including violinist Alena Baeva and horn player Stefan Dohr.

The Sinfonia Varsovia Academy is organised by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The project is partly financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

 

for more information please visit: Akademia Sinfonia Varsovia