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Schools & Teachers

Please note that all HPO educational programming in the 2020-2021 school year including our daytime student concert will be presented online.

Music education in our community is at the heart of our mission. We offer workshops and educational concert experiences for all grades led by our own experts – HPO musicians and our Composer-in-Residence! We have carefully designed these programs for Ontario students in any education system in connection with the most up-to-date provincial curriculum. The below online experiences are led by HPO ensembles and Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Each features engaging format and content delivery, relevant and enriching lessons, and live performances, all taught by nationally-recognized professional musicians. Please note that each workshop is tailored for the age group of the audience.

Daytime School Concert

LISTENING
FOR LITERACY:
The Four Seasons

  • February 24, 2021
  • Grades K-8
  • Video Stream
  • 60 minutes

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Cost

$250 + HST per school (425 students)

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.

HPO Music Director Gemma New and Abigail Richardson-Schulte host an educational adventure through Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, along with the poetry and science that inspired the music. The Four Seasons concert experience will allow your students to explore poetry and the science of weather with the immersive sound of a full symphony orchestra, blending the arts with literacy and demonstrating how music can bring the elements of storytelling to life.

This is a unique experience for students to see the full orchestra perform on stage at FirstOntario Concert Hall with Gemma New conducting. Students will learn about each section of the orchestra and the important role of the conductor. Supplementary teaching materials will be provided.

We invite educators to submit student poetry and artwork inspired by The Four Seasons no later than February 1 to be included in the online presentation. 

For information about High Priority/Equal Opportunity Schools contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org or phone 905-526-1677 x 203. 

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Available workshops

Virtual Upbeat Performances

  • Available to all grades
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 40 minutes
  • Video Stream
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Cost

$250 + HST per ensemble

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.

Music in Motion: Dances for String Quartet

The HPO String Quartet leads students in an exploration of how each of their instruments’ sound is produced through vibration with a fun selection of familiar orchestral works. Students will learn how string instruments are made and their significance in the orchestra, as well as the elements of music! Workshops are tailored to the age of the audience. 


Coming Soon

Brass Building Blocks

Learn all about the elements of music with the HPO Brass Quintet! We explore how tone, rhythm, harmony and melody come together through a selection of history’s most significant orchestral works arranged for brass quintet. Students will get to know each brass instrument and their distinct roles in the orchestra! 


Coming Soon

Around the World with Reeds and Wind

Take a musical trip around the globe with the HPO Woodwinds while learning about the remarkable range and flexibility of each instrument and how their sound is produced. Students will hear familiar and new works while learning about the fundamentals of music including tempo, dynamics, rhythm and harmony. 

 

Please note that Virtual Upbeat Performances are 60 minutes in length for Secondary level classrooms.

Curriculum Connections:

Music: The Creative Process, Critical Analysis, Elements of Music

Language Arts: Oral Communication and Reading

Science and Technology: Matter and Energy, Structures and Mechanisms


Virtual Music Theory, History & Storytelling

The Rudiments of Music

  • Gr. 4 to 8 and Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 40 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the rudiments of music theory in support of the Ontario music curriculum. Musical clefs, key signatures, note names and basic harmony are covered. Video purchase includes a student worksheet. Each workshop is tailored for the age group of the audience.

This workshop supplements the Language Arts and Music Curriculums of the Province of Ontario.

Please note that for Secondary level classrooms this workshop is 60 minutes and includes the basics of composition.

Cost

Elementary: $125 + HST
Secondary: $150 +HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


Music History: Baroque Era

  • Gr. 7 to 12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 60 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the Baroque era of Music History in support of the Ontario music curriculum. This program includes an ensemble performance.

Cost

$150 + HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


Music History: Classical Era

  • Gr. 7 to 12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 60 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the Classical era of Music History in support of the Ontario secondary school music curriculum. This program includes an ensemble performance.

Cost

$150 + HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


Music History: Romantic Era

  • Gr. 7 to 12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 60 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the Romantic era of Music History in support of the Ontario secondary school music curriculum. This program includes an ensemble performance.

Cost

$150 + HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


The Hockey Sweater

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or music classes Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 40 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads students through her exciting composition The Hockey Sweater (based on the classic story of the same name by Roch Carrier) as they learn about the creative process of composing music to tell a story. Students learn about the instruments of the orchestra and how their unique sounds can bring characters and nature to life. Each workshop is tailored for the age group of the audience. 

The Hockey Sweater is one of the most performed works in Canada, often with author Roch Carrier narrating from the stage.

This workshop supplements the Language Arts and Music Curriculums of the Province of Ontario

Cost

Elementary: $125 + HST
Secondary: $150 +HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


Meet the Greats

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or music classes Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 100 students
  • 40 minutes
  • Video Stream

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HPO Composer-In-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte brings history to life with this funny and fascinating presentation on the great composers. Get to know what their lives were like and what their music sounds like as Abigail performs her favourite works on the piano. Each workshop is tailored to the grade level of the audience.

This workshop supplements the Music curriculum of the Province of Ontario.

Cost

Elementary: $125 + HST
Secondary: $150 +HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.


The 21st Century Composer and Musician 

  • Gr. 7-12
  • Maximum 100 students
  • 40 minutes
  • Video Stream

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Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the journey to becoming a professional composer living and working in the 21st Century, sharing stories from her own career experience! Abigail discusses how the profession is evolving and shares insight into the skills shared by successful musicians and composers.  

This workshop supplements the Music curriculum of the Province of Ontario.

Cost

Elementary: $125 + HST
Secondary: $150 +HST

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org.

The HPO gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors, without whom the HPO Education Programs would not be possible.

 

Malloch Foundation Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation

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