Palm Beach Pops Inspires Children With the Power of Music and Free Concert
Music & You Education Program presented by Bob Lappin & The Palm Beach Pops at Four Elementary Schools in Palm Beach County ending with a Live Concert on October 27th at 11:00 a.m. for Students at Eissey Theatre at Palm Beach State College
The Palm Beach Pops will provide a free performance for 750 elementary school children in Palm Beach Gardens this Thursday. The Music & You Education Program culminates on October 27th at the Eissey Theatre at Palm Beach State College with a live concert performed by Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops orchestra for students and teachers. The students and music fans in attendance will get to enjoy pieces from The Pink Panther and The Flintstones as well as “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “Strings on Fire” and other true American classics. In addition to the hundreds of students in the audience, one student from each school will be chosen to accompany the orchestra during a musical selection, while another group of promising students will appear on stage to assist Maestro Lappin in conducting the orchestra.
Over the past four weeks, students were taught the rudiments of melody, harmony and rhythm by listening to music from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and Duke Ellington, and even the theme from Harry Potter by Palm Beach Pops musicians.
The lessons relate to daily life in getting along with people creates harmony and the teamwork of singing a song together. The students are introduced to other music choices with positive lyrics and messages. Designed to promote music in the classroom by correlating music with social studies, literature, character education, science and math, the program is offered each year at no cost to the student/parent, teachers or schools. Students are provided with a 16-page color workbook and teachers are given curriculum guides to prepare students for weekly sessions which are benchmarked to Florida Sunshine State Standards. Now in its 14th year, The Palm Beach Pops have reached out to over 85,000 elementary students through the Music & You Education Program.
“This program engages children to learn about music with a focus on listening skills, studying the valuable role music plays in our history, and it incorporates math and reading skills. Our musicians enjoy being able to reach out to the children of Palm Beach County and inspire them with music. It is by far the most important initiative we take on each year - investing in the youth of our community,” explains David Quilleon, executive director of The Palm Beach Pops. “I wish we had the funding to serve every school in the county. With music programs cut from many school curriculums, this might be the one and only meaningful music experience these children receive all year. We need more community support to serve even more children,” he said.
For more information about this program, please call (561)-832-7677.