Masterworks

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WHAT IS MASTERWORKS?

Masterworks takes students on a creative journey - a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close, and to hone their listening, performing, composing and improvising skills through experiential workshops led by expert Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians. 

"IT WAS IMPRESSIVE, ENTERTAINING AND SPECTACULAR" - STUDENT

It is the SCO’s flagship project for upper secondary school music students and provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with the Orchestra, bringing to life their learning relating to the SQA Curriculum for Excellence. 

Masterworks opens up new sound-worlds to young people, encourages them to listen to a wider variety of genres, and equips them with knowledge and musical tools to be more adventurous in their own compositions. We encourage teachers to adopt Masterworks as part of their music curriculum for the autumn term.

Through Masterworks the SCO aims to reach secondary schools in every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities over a three year cycle. 

AMERICAN MINIMALISM

The theme for 2017 and 2018 is American Minimalism. The programme features music by John Adams and Steve Reich, introduced by expert presenter Rachel Leach (www.rachelleachmusic.com), conducted by Jessica Cottis (www.jessicacottis.com) and performed by the SCO.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

We offer Masterworks 2018 to schools at no cost.

If you are a Secondary School teacher and would like to sign your students up to our Masterworks project, please contact Atzi Muramatsu, Education Officer: email atzi.muramatsu@sco.org.uk or phone 0131 478 8353.

Participating teachers are invited to free CPD sessions in following locations -

Friday 31 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Glasgow City Halls, Studio 1
Monday 3 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Lochgilphead High School, Lochgilphead
Monday 3 September 4.00pm - 6.00pm - Castle Douglas High School, Castle Douglas

Teaching resources linked to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course requirements, including short videos with musical examples, will be made available online for use in schools. The project is designed primarily for S4-S6 music students, although in some cases younger students with particular musical interests may be included.

"THE CPD TRAINING WAS GREAT AS IT GAVE ME IDEAS TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF BEFORE". 

CONCERT INFORMATION

Schools’ Concert with Guided Presentation

Tuesday 18 September - Royal Concert Hall New Auditorium, Glasgow
Wednesday 19 September - Victoria Halls, Helensburgh
Thursday 20 September - Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries

All concerts 1.00pm - 2.15pm

"…they were enthralled with performances … It’s a fantastic opportunity for our pupils as we so rarely have performing companies"
Teacher, Moray, 2017
Teachers Resource Pack
This pack is designed to help music teachers and the class prepare for the SCO Masterworks concert featuring three classic works of American Minimalism.
Masterworks 2017 Teachers Resource Pack - pdf - 2.38 MB