The UCMP introductory session will launch on March 19 – June 15, 2012. During this 12-week-session, 40 students from Preschool through Kindergarten will attend a “Paper Orchestra” music immersion program on Mondays and Fridays for one hour at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Center for Early Childhood Education, a public school in Union City (Site One).
A Paper Orchestra teaches children the fundamentals of playing in an orchestra with instruments made out of paper-mache. For younger children ages 3-5 entering an orchestral program, it is important to have a period of preparation that introduces them to the instrument, posture, performance, and the orchestra as their community.
During this time, students acquire basic musicianship skills and develop an appreciation for their instrument. Moreover, the physical creation of the paper instruments gives children a sense of ownership over their music education and helps to instill in them a sense of community within the program. At the end of this session, children will perform in a recital to parents, school staff, and public officials. Below, Samuel Marchan, UCMP’s Musical Director shows us the making of a paper instrument.