For the youngest children, a short programme is available to introduce the cello as a member of the violin family. The children will see how the instrument is put together, how the bow and strings work, they will feel the vibrations, find out what happens when the vibrating string length changes and what happens when the vibrating length is divided. They will learn the roles of music in society and will be shown different sounds that can be made. There is a lot of audience participation.
All of this in 30 minutes. No pianist required.
Bach Bourree in C
Minsky Caribbean Rhythm
Minsky The Crack of Dawn
A Tale of Five Cellos is a programme that illustrates the range of instruments and music from the early 1600s to the present day. It is designed for older children.
A package is available on request that comprises programme details, elements, features, aims and objectives, ideas for activities before and after visit, diagrams of instruments and bows that may be copied and circulated round the classroom, teachers' notes, a timeline with illustrations and full biographical details.
Other ideas to be tied in with a solo recital
Usually the ideas for educational work come from the school or organisation because they like a link with the work that has already taken place in the classroom. So please feel free to make suggestions for themes etc.