This pitch-perfect partnership brings together the Department of Music, the world-class Cornell Concert Series, a prominent Ithaca-based social service organization and local music ensembles to create community-engaged classroom and performance opportunities. This project promotes a learning-centered, co-curricular and sustainable model for community engagement. Students gain the tools and skills necessary for embracing musical performance as a community-building activity, which deepens their sense of civic engagement and ethical practice. The involvement of local schools and the Greater Ithaca Activity Center, an Ithaca-based social service organization, connect underserved youth populations with the musical resources that the Cornell campus and music lovers from the greater Ithaca region have long enjoyed.
During COVID-19, we have transitioned to online engagement by connecting our students and the public Cornell Concert Series artists and other musical leaders. Below, please enjoy a range of musical discussions, from tips on getting more out of practicing to making the world a better place through music to motivating kids to practice. Until we can all be together again, we hope we can help you feel connected while staying safe.