The CSO’s Making Music Matters (M3) program plays a vital role to students in the Columbus area. M3 makes it possible for students in the Columbus metropolitan area to be involved with instrumental music, both as participants and listeners, at a high level and in a structured, disciplined manner.
In collaboration with the Empowered Youth of Columbus Crime Prevention program and Columbus Parks and Recreation, the CSO provides free after-school group instrumental instruction to young children at Title I schools within the Muscogee County School District. Making Music Matters is designed to instill in them the discipline, powers of concentration, and teamwork necessary to be successful, not only in music but in life. It is teaching life skills through music. Our goal is not to create professional musicians, but rather to enrich students’ lives through the creative pursuit of musical skills. We are currently teaching in Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, Dawson Elementary, Gentian Elementary, and Brewer Elementary.
Both Georgia State Standards and National Core Arts Standards were used when creating the Making Music Matters program.
MESBO.1 – Throughout the year students will sing various songs to demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation, discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument, and use singing as a memorization tool.
MESBO.2 – Students will perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music by demonstrating correct hand, finger, bow, and instrument positions. They will also be able to produce characteristic sounds while utilizing correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire. Students will be able to develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
MESBO.3 and MESBO.4 – Students will be able to read and notate music as well as play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations.
MESBO. 7 – Students will also have the opportunity to critique their own performances and the performances of others and be able to describe what was great and what they could improve on.