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Performance Today in the Classroom: Lauren Anker

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Each year, Performance Today serves local schools across the Twin Cities with its Young Artist in Residence Program. This program sends PT Young Artists into schools to present live concerts. Designed to engage and inspire elementary and junior high students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of classical music.

Due to current circumstances, Performance Today has adapted the concert content to provide virtual learning experiences in their new series "Performance Today in the Classroom." Today's PT in the Classroom Music Lesson features PT Young Artist in Residence Lauren Anker.

Target age range: K-8

1. Meet Lauren! Lauren is a PT Young Artist and she plays the French horn.

Write down or tell someone three things you learned from Lauren's introduction.

2. In the next video, listen and watch Lauren and Mei play Robert Schumann's Romances No. 2.

Do you remember why the Romances were written? How many were there? Write down your answer or tell someone.

3. Listen to Lauren explain why she loves playing the French horn.

Do you remember some of Lauren's favorite things about playing the French horn?

4. The next piece is called Suite for Horn and Piano: Slow and Sweet, by Alec Wilder. First, watch and listen.

5. Performance of Slow and Sweet.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

• What are some of the things that Lauren and Mei need to do to play well together?
• See if you can notice them do some of those things when they perform.
• Can you remember anything about the song you just heard?

6. Lauren loves the outdoors. In this video, she tells us a little about her other hobbies and she describes the next piece of music.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

• What is a canyon?
• What is reverb?
• How is a canyon made?
• What are some of your favorite outside activities?
• Can you think of any other big, cavernous places that might echo like a canyon?

7. In the next video, listen and watch Lauren play Bedrock Cathedral by Paul Winter.

Can you remember what the difference is between playing the horn indoors versus playing it outdoors?

8. Finally, Lauren will review a few key ideas from her PT in the Classroom Concert.

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

More: View all of our Classical Kids Music Lessons

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