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Performance Today in the Classroom: Annie Jacobs-Perkins

Cellist Annie Jacobs-PerkinsCourtesy of artist

June 10, 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 Annie Jacobs-Perkins.

Target age range: K-8

  1. Meet Annie! Annie is a PT Young Artist and she plays the cello.

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

  2. In the next video, listen and watch Annie and Feng play Elliot Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

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

  3. Listen to Annie explain why she loves playing the cello.

    Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

    ●        Why does playing the cello seem like it’s hard to do?

    ●        How old was Pablo Casals when he stopped playing cello?

    ●        What other music genres can cellists play?

    ●        What are some of Annie’s favorite things about playing the cello?

  4. The next piece is called Suite Italienne: III. Aria by Igor Stravinsky. First, watch and listen.

  5. In the next video, listen and watch Annie and Feng play Aria from Suite Italienne by Igor Stravinsky. This is a snippet: the first part of movement 3.

    Can you remember what the music was about?

  6. The next piece is called Ricercar IV in G Major by Domenico Gabrielli. First watch and listen.

  7. In the next video, listen and watch Annie play of Ricercar IV in G Major by Domenico Gabrielli.

    What is a ricercar?

    What did this music make you think about while you were listening?

  8. Finally, Annie 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.