At Hawthorne Elementary

July 13, 2011
At Hawthorne Elementary
Bryan and I decided to have a preliminary visit with the Hawthorne School, so our CODA Kids could get a sense of the environment they would be thrown into. 12 year-old Hannah was happy to volunteer as an interviewee in this process, as we grilled her on some questions about classical music. The one composer she knew: Beethoven. When we opened this question up to the entire class, our first response was, "Celine Dion?" which was promptly explained away, as she IS a classic rock composer.
 

The Opening Bars of the CODA

July 13, 2011
AS A YOUNG TEENAGER, I attended “band camps” every summer like the SMI, eager to learn as many violin concertos as possible in the my few short weeks away from home. However, my absolute favorite experiences revolved around working with my new found friends and peers, to rehearse and perform pieces of music written for small ensembles, known as chamber music. The name derives from the small “chambers”—salons or living rooms—where this music was performed during the 18th and 19th c...
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The CODA Project


Created in 2010 by myself and colleague Bryan Wagorn, the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program was implemented June 2011 at the National Arts Centre (NAC) Summer Music Institute (SMI), founded by Isreali violinist Pinchas Zukerman.