The Harmony Games

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Mathemusica!!

After fighting for as long as anyone could remember, four families come together through the power of music in The Harmony Games.

This educational concert for chamber orchestra introduces young concertgoers to the families and instruments that comprise the orchestra, while demonstrating numerous ways in which math and music are related.

It is interactive, inspirational, and fun for all ages.

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Music and Story by Yaniv Segal

Illustrations by Cathy Weinfield-Zell

Duration: 42’ + optional additional interactive Q&A (5’-15’)

Instrumentation: 1111 2111 T(dbl perc)+1 hp str, narr.

(artwork included as a powerpoint presentation)

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Creative Images

artwork that is inclusive, descriptive and piques kids’ imaginations

 
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Math and Music

math concepts demonstrated both aurally and visually

 
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Active Learning

engaging and interactive

Music objectives and standards include:

  • identifying instruments and instrument families

  • concepts and terms include: rhythm, beat, pulse, meter, tempo, chromatic, dynamics, harmony, polyphony, melody, glissando, phrase, grouping

  • listening to, analyzing, and describing music

  • understanding relationships between music and other disciplines (math)

Math concepts include:

  • addition

  • multiplication/ratios

  • grouping

  • transformation

  • odds/evens

Interactions include:

  • hand percussion

  • whistling

  • counting notes

  • conducting in different patterns

  • conducting the orchestra

  • helping the narrator move the story along by answering questions

Philosophical takeaways:

  • playing music together is better than fighting

  • different families learn how to get along

  • composing music is fun

  • music can be many different things

Interactions include:

  • hand percussion

  • whistling

  • counting notes

  • conducting in different patterns

  • conducting the orchestra

  • helping the narrator move the story along by answering questions

Philosophical takeaways:

  • playing music together is better than fighting

  • different families learn how to get along

  • composing music is fun

  • music can be many different things


Testimonials

The Harmony Games provided our third grade students with a rich and engaging experience, and tied seamlessly to the curriculum.  The interactive nature of the score and the visuals makes the performance really come alive for students.
— Skip Pardee, Collier County Fine Arts District Coordinator
It was really fantastic because they were reaching the children at just the right level. My students really enjoyed it. I thought it was wonderful how they put the story to music.
— Teacher, Manatee Elementary
The composition was wonderful and my students truly enjoyed the performance. I think this was one of the best third grade story performances I have seen.
— Music Teacher, Estates Elementary

“The screen had great art that went along with the music and the story.  Math and music go together – that was awesome!” - student

“The conductor was nice.  He spoke to us and let some of us conduct the orchestra.” - student

“The story was exciting.  I liked it when they chose a winner and let us clap.  But – the family didn’t care that they won – they cared about everyone playing together.  That made me feel happy.” - student

“I liked the story at the end when they synergized.  They thought win/win, and I felt excited to see that happen.” - student


Performances

Naples Philharmonic (Radu Paponiu, Carolann Sanita)

2019 - 26 performances in September and October. Photos Courtesy of Artis—Naples.



Naples Philharmonic (Radu Paponiu, Carolann Sanita)

2018 - 26 performances in September and October. Photos Courtesy of Artis—Naples.