During two recent performances in Morgantown, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra recognized Fairmont State University as a Student-Centered Arts Learning (SCALE) partner.
The Orchestra’s SCALE program links music and other disciplines, such as math, science, writing and art, using the music of the Young People’s Concert as a thematic guide. The program is correlated with West Virginia’s Content Standards and Objectives for elementary classrooms.
For the past two years, Dr. Anne Patterson, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Department of Music, has used the WVSO’s curricular materials in her Music Education classes. In October, the Department of Music hosted the symphony’s well-attended day-long workshop for classroom teachers who were preparing to take their children to the Young People’s Concert in Morgantown, and Patterson’s students attended the workshop as their class schedules allowed.
“FSU’s Department of Music has a wonderful relationship with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and with Maestro Grant Cooper, who has been quite generous with his time in working with our students,” Patterson said. “The SCALE program benefits our students and the children they will teach, and it furthers the WVSO’s very active education mission in West Virginia. I’m proud that we are considered a partner in this important work.”
At Cooper’s invitation, Fairmont State’s choirs will join the WVSO in Charleston on May 2 and 3 for performances of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” FSU also hosts WVSO performances on campus in the spring and the fall.