Ninth Annual Music Memory Engaged Students from Across the Cape

Testing students' knowledge in a "Name That Tune" style event...
Cape Symphony conductor Jung Ho Pak enjoys himself during the 2018 Music Memory event Wednesday in East Falmouth (Courtesy of Stephen Haines Photography)

On Wednesday students from all over Cape Cod tested their skills when the Cape Symphony & Conservatory paired up for the popular Music Memory event. The orchestra played small selections of one of 16 pieces and the students were required to identify the work and composer – sometimes within a just a couple of notes!  It's a "Name That Tune" style event!

Thirty-three teams from thirteen schools attended this year’s concert at Cape Cod Church in East Falmouth, while another five live-streamed the event at their respective schools. Some of the towns with schools that attended live included Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Orleans, Sandwich, and Truro.

“Music Memory is such an exciting day,” said Executive Director of the Cape Conservatory Stephanie Weaver.  “The students test their knowledge of composers and selections with a live orchestra after working hard with their teachers to learn each piece during the past year. It’s so inspiring to see such young students so excited about classical music and the symphony!”

Winning teams this were were:

  • 3rd and 4th grade teams 12-Selection Category: Eddy Elementary Team 2 and North Falmouth Elementary Team 3 (both perfect score ties!)
  • 3rd and 4th grade teams 16-Selection Category: North Falmouth Team 1
  • 5th and 6th grade teams 12-Selection Category: Eddy Elementary Team 1
  • 5th and 6th Grade Teams 16-Selection Category: Barnstable Intermediate Team 2
  • 7th Grade and Up 12-Selection Category: Latham Centers Team 1

The nationally-recognized Music Memory curriculum provides students in 2nd through 8th grade an in-depth study of 12-16 selected compositions each year. The music chosen is from the five historical periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.

“Some of the pieces the students studied this year included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Straus’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra,’ which is also known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even ‘Maple Leaf Rag’ by Scott Joplin,” said Weaver. “As part of the program the students engage in a range of activities to accompany the music, from mapping the patterns of the music to dancing and role playing.”

The Cape Conservatory provides specialized training sessions for music teachers that opted into the program. They receive teaching tools such as videos, recordings and lesson plans to help them engage the students in a more meaningful way.

The 2018 Music Memory concert was made possible by a generous grant from the Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation.


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