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Schools & Teachers

Please note that all HPO educational programming in the 20-21 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.

Online Student Concerts

Adventures in MusicMay 25, 2021

  • On-demand video
  • For Elementary Students
  • 60 minutes
  • Available to view anytime through June 8, 2021

Cost

$250 + HST per school (425 students)

Pricing options for High Priority/Equal Opportunity Schools available.

Adventures in Music – Elementary Concert

Jump in the HPO Time Machine, we are going on a musical adventure! Join HPO musicians and your guide Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte for an unforgettable concert experience spanning centuries. Hear celebrated and significant chamber music from all over the world beginning with works by composers from Canada, Japan and the United States and venturing back to 17th Century Western Europe. We’ll learn about acclaimed composers throughout history including Handel, Mozart, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and hear work from composers living today like Reena Esmail and Dai Fujikura. From exciting and familiar melodies to whimsical rhythms, students get to experience an HPO performance while learning the science behind sound and the families of the orchestra.

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please contact Education Coordinator Courtney Prizrenac at cprizrenac@hpo.org or phone 905-526-1677 x 203. 

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Music History Rewind

May 25, 2021

  • On-demand video
  • For Secondary Students
  • 60 minutes
  • Available to view anytime through June 8, 2021

Cost

$250 + HST per school (425 students)

Pricing options for High Priority/Equal Opportunity Schools available.

Music History Rewind – Secondary Concert

Share an unforgettable concert experience with your students this Spring as the HPO embarks on a musical journey through time and space. Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte is your guide as we learn about how orchestral music and instruments have evolved over centuries with the influence of composers and folk traditions from around the world. We’ll hear everything from the music entertaining Europe’s 17th Century royalty to the influence of Stalin’s Russia on the music of Shostakovich. Learn about orchestral composers working today including Reena Esmail, whose work blends Western styles with the traditions of India’s Hindustani music, and Dai Fujikura, who draws inspiration from the natural beauty of his hometown Osaka, Japan. From exciting and familiar melodies to whimsical rhythms, this concert is the perfect way to share musical experiences with your class in school or online.

If you are booking for homeschool students or a High Priority/Equal Opportunity school, please 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. 


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! 


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

Music Theory: The Rudiments of Music

  • Grades 4-8
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 50 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 elementary school music curriculum. This video includes music clefs, key signatures, note names, basic harmony (introduction to scales, majors and minor chords, basic chord progressions) and form (binary, rounded binary, ternary, rondo, and theme and variations).

Video purchase includes a student worksheet.

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

Cost

$125 + 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 Theory, Part 1: Harmony

  • Grades 9-12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 60 minutes
  • Video Stream

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Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the rudiments of music theory in support of the Ontario secondary school music curriculum. This workshop reviews the rudiments of music theory (Circle of Fifths, intervals, scales) and explores more complex musical harmony including seventh chords, the whole tone, chromatic and blues scales, cadences and basic chord progressions.

Video purchase includes a student worksheet.

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

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 Theory, Part 2: Form

  • Grades 9-12
  • Maximum 450 students
  • 60 minutes
  • Video Stream

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Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads a workshop on the most common musical forms in support of the Ontario secondary school music curriculum. This workshop covers binary, rounded binary, ternary, theme and variations, and rondo forms, as well as the structure and function of Sonata Form with examples played at the piano.

Video purchase includes a student worksheet.

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

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: 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