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Performance Today in the Classroom: Cristina Cutts Dougherty

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May 13, 2021

Each year, Performance Today serves local schools across the Twin Cities with it’s Young Artist in Residence Program; PT Young Artists go 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 Cristina Cutts Dougherty.

Target age range: K-8

1. Meet Cristina! Cristina is a PT Young Artist and she plays the tuba.

Write down or tell someone three things you learned from Cristina’s introduction.

2. In the next video, listen and watch Cristina and Blair play Florence Price’s Adoration.

Do you remember a few facts about the music you just listened to? Write down your answer or tell someone.

3. Listen to Cristina explain why she loves playing the tuba.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

  • Why were the first tubas called serpents?

  • What family of instruments is the tuba apart of?

  • How much does an orchestral tuba weigh?

  • Why do tubas have the lowest pitch?

  • What is a tubist?

4. In the next video, listen and watch Cristina and Blair play Elfentanz by Florence Price.

Do you remember some of Cristina’s favorite things about playing the tuba?

5. The next piece is a piece called Flute Partita in A Minor by J. S. Bach. First, watch and listen.

Why would J.S. Bach be surprised to hear Cristina playing this music today?

What is the difference between chamber and orchestral music?

6. Watch and listen to Cristina play the Flute Partita in A Minor by J. S. Bach.

7. Finally, Cristina 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 YourClassical Music Lessons

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.