Copland House Education Program

Letter from Mrs. Worell's Third Grade Class at Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School

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School and Community Programs

Copland House provides high quality educational experiences for people of all ages. Our innovative, affordable programs for schools, libraries, educational organizations, and community groups:

Single Sessions

Flight to Freedom: The Story of Margaret Garner

Margaret Garner

Jorell Williams and Krysty Swann singing in Margaret Garner

In-school version of the widely-acclaimed opera by Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison based on an infamous Civil War-era fugitive slave story. Followed by an optional 35-minute follow-up breakout discussion. 10th grade and above

Sounds of the Dragon: A Chinese-American Musical Harvest

Performance by the Music from China and Music from Copland House ensembles on Asian and European instruments exploring the bridging of Eastern and Western music, language, history, literature, and culture, followed by follow-up discussion and optional break-out sessions with the performers.

6th grade and above

The Dot and the Line

Performance of the musical setting by composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez of author Norton Juster’s classic “Romance in Lower Mathematics,” with explorations of geometry, language, “tone painting,” individual or group sessions with the performers, and demonstration of the 26 percussion instruments used in the work. 5th grade and lower middle school grades

Emily's World

Performances of songs set to Emily Dickinson’s poems, with discussions about her writings on nature, friendships, places, gardens, food, and other subjects. 5th grade and above

Aaron Copland

Lecture about Copland and his historic role in creating an American musical idiom, illustrated with live performances at the piano, audio recordings, and films.

5th grade and above

Single or Multiple Sessions

Coaching for Student Performing Ensembles

Resident Jerome Kitzke with students at The Primrose School, Dutchess County, NY

Resident Jerome Kitzke with Primrose School students (Dutchess Co., NY)

Master classes, instrumental and vocal workshops, or lecture-demonstrations.

5th grade and above

Music from the Inside Out

De-mystify composing and encourage creativity through in-school visits by Copland House composers, who explore their work, often creating music on the spot.

5th grade and above

Concerts and discussions

Informal performances by the Music from Copland House ensemble, with discussions about music, composers, and careers in the arts.

2nd grade and above

Multiple Sessions

Hendrick Hudson High School Band and Chorus

Resident Lisa DeSpain and the Hendrick Hudson HS Band and Chorus

What's the Score?

2015 YALE DISTINGUISHED MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD. Composers are commissioned to collaborate with students on creating a new piece of music together, followed by a public performance of the new work by student ensembles.

6th grade and above.

Visits to Rock Hill

Field trips to Copland’s longtime home, to learn about American music and this iconic composer’s life, work, and historic influence.

3rd grade and above.

For more information, fees, other programs, and to schedule activities, contact Copland House at 914.788.4659 or

What They Say

Exposing our students to the opera Margaret Garner was an amazing experience! The response was thought-provoking and constructive. I particularly loved the fact that cast members joined us in our discussion afterwards. I received much positive feedback from our group—they felt that the opera enabled them to emotionally connect with the performance and the story. Thank you for bringing such a rich and rewarding experience to our school.

Corinne Rogulski, Social Studies teacher, Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose, NY

Copland House Education

Michael Boriskin in Copland's studio with Buchanan-Verplanck School students

The composer visits were a memorable highlight, and several students now studying music and composition in college have returned to visit, remembering the composer workshop as a factor in deciding to continue studying music.

Robert Freeberg, Band Director, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY

Thank you for a truly wonderful concert and presentation. The students and teachers are still talking about your visit and your beautiful performances!

Dace Aperans, Music teacher, Quaker Ridge Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

Thank you so very much for graciously letting our choir visit and perform at the amazing Copland House. The experience I had there will never be forgotten. Not only was the house so spectacularly intriguing but the information you shared with us really gave me a whole new view of this musical giant.

Elijah O., Member, C.D. West High School Choir, Doylestown, PA

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Copland House's educational activities are made possible by contributions from donors like you.

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All Copland House programs depend on the annual tax-deductible contributions of individual, institutional, and corporate supporters around the country and the world. Become one of our Friends of Copland House. Donations at all levels are welcome, and we hope you will give as generously as you can.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8 PM


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