A fun, interactive, and educational presentation for all ages. Available for digital residencies!
Introducing the Building Blocks of Music
A multi-day residency that teaches creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration through music composition. Available for digital residencies!
Over 4 days, TCP leads band and orchestra students through a process of creating musical content out of whatever musical vocabulary they’ve built on their own instruments, then assembling these musical “building blocks” into a new piece, exercising teamwork, active listening, and reflection along the way.
Each cycle of this program will culminate in the premiere of a new work composed by the student ensemble, performed by the students and Third Coast Percussion
The Music Composition Project is ideal for students with some musical background, but students do not have to read standard Western musical notation. This program was designed to give young students a creative outlet at a time when their instruction is primarily focused on learning their instrument and learning to perform music written by other people.
The project can be presented by TCP as a special project which adds a layer of inspiration and creativity to the solid fundamental music instruction that students are already receiving.
An informal learning curriculum that teaches students how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play an integral role in sound and music.
Over the course of 8 lessons, students build their own musical instruments, learn and reinforce STEM concepts, create their own original piece of music to perform on the instruments they create, and build a growing awareness of both the creative aspects of STEM and the analytical aspects of the performing arts.
Making Waves has developed from an ever-growing partnership led by Jay Brockman of the College of Engineering and Center for Civic Innovation at the University of Notre Dame and the Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, as well as the instrument maker South Bend Woodworks and educators from across the United States. TCP’s goal through integrating Arts and STEM education is to inspire students to think both analytically and creatively about the world around them.
“If this would have happened when I was in this age group, it would have opened up a door for music that I never got to experience.”
—Warren Alwine, parent, Elkhart, IN