MITM Goes to School

Since 1999, Music in the Mountains Goes to School has inspired a large number of area school children to pursue their love of music.  This program brings music instruction to the Four Corners region and fosters the appreciation of classical music and increased participation in school music programs.  It is also designed to enhance the instructional level of music teachers and strengthen student music education programs, which is becoming increasingly important as school budgets are stretched at the national, state and local level.

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YEAR ROUND MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY DAY

Music in the Mountains collaborates with Fort Lewis College, Katzin Music and Durango High School students to host this special free event that allows students to try out various brass, strings, woodwind and percussion instruments. Students and their parents hear a short demonstration of the instruments, then receive mini private lessons on each instrument.  The objective is to encourage students to select an instrument they would like to play in the sixth grade; this decision often has a significant effect on a child’s musical development.

5TH GRADE CONCERT

The annual event is held at the Fort Lewis College (FLC) Community Concert Hall on Monday, February 6, 2017. FLC Music Department staff helps fifth-grade students from Southwest Colorado select an instrument to play in middle school by exposing them to different musical instruments.

TASTE OF MUSIC

This event hosts more than 1,000 third and fourth-grade students from Southwest Colorado. While learning concert etiquette, the event gives children a chance to learn about instruments used in classical and jazz music.  For many young children, this is their first concert hall experience.

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

Provides all 9-R elementary schools with an exciting and motivating musical performance for the whole school.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONSERVATORY

Music in the Mountains Conservatory is a small, selective, and intense three week program for high school and college aged string players held on the beautiful Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, Colorado.

SHINING STAR SCHOLARSHIPS

The Shining Star Scholarship, sponsored by Bank of Colorado, pays up to half the cost of private music lessons for students who have the potential to develop their musical skills.  Students must show interest toward a particular instrument and a desire to study privately as determined by their music teacher. Financial need is important for awarding these scholarships, but it is not the only criterion.

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship recipients: Lorien Hoshall, Daniel Shaffer, Ana Cuntz, Martin Cuntz, Aidan Shaffer, Johanna Shaffer,
Natalie Obleton, Lauren Grinde, Taia Shaffer, Anna Newman, Abria Thayer, Kole Quinn Burns, Nathan Newman, Christina Hoffmann, Patrick McBrayer, Wesley Linch, Lillian Ciluffo, Bella Sage, Gabriel Wyne, Christopher Wyne, Kealan Clifton, Orrin Bleth, Savannah Lane, Levi Newman, Caleb Newman, Avan Anderson, Isabella McGaw, Cian O’Neil, Liam O’Neil, Breeanna Barrett, Fred Reiter, Rose Reiter, Garrett Baker, Casey Reed, Sierra Trout and Kiva Nicholreimer!

DRUM CIRCLE
 
A unique outreach to the at-risk students at Denier Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Durango, where students learn and practice cooperation, self-control, self-esteem, courage and gratitude through music expression.

FREE TICKET PROGRAM

One free Festival ticket is offered to all students participating in their school music program and to an accompanying adult for select chamber or conservatory concerts during the Festival.   

SCHOOL MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA

The 2017 School Music Extravaganza, held on February 22, 2017, highlights ensembles from the Durango area schools, with a finale featuring guest conductor Katharine Reed, Director of Bands at Durango High School.

This event showcases the musical talents of student ensembles from every grade level. By collaborating with the Fort Lewis College Music Department, 9-R School District, and the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, we highlight the progression of music education from elementary school through college, promote the importance of music education, and celebrate the accomplishments of our area school music programs.  

GUEST CLINICIANS
 
Provides local music teachers the opportunity to receive grants to bring in specialized teachers and performers to their classroom.

For more information on Music in the Mountains Goes to School program, Email or contact Sean Mallow at the Festival office at 970-385-6820.