Rachel Barton Pine is always happy to visit schools and give programs for groups of children or teens. Her highly interactive presentations help students understand and enjoy listening to music.
She often includes the following components:
- Sharing a piece of music with a descriptive plot, then playing another piece of music and asking students to create their own story.
- Asking students to describe the moods and emotions conveyed by different musical excerpts.
- Interpreting a simple theme in a variety of ways to demonstrate how the violin captures each mood (choice of speed and volume, use of the bow for articulation and color, type of vibrato, fingerings/positions, etc.).
- Showcasing the technical capabilities of the violin with an exciting virtuoso piece.
- Discussing the historical development of the violin from its early ancestors, explaining the difference between baroque and modern bows, demonstrating baroque-style improvisation, and exploring multiple-voiced compositions such as solo Bach.
- Demonstrating how the violin can be played in many styles, from classical to Celtic fiddle music to heavy metal.
- Performing music by minority composers, including those of African, Latino, or Asian descent.
- Discussing her childhood as a music student and her career as a touring concert violinist, recording artist, and music educator.
- Answering student questions.
Please answer the following questions to help Ms. Pine customize her program for you:
- How much time is allotted for the program?
- Will the program take place in a classroom or in an auditorium?
- How many students will be in attendance?
- What are the ages of the students?
- What are the socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds of the students?
- Are any of the students studying music? If so, are they studying stringed instruments or choir/band/other instruments?
For more information, please contact Ms. Pine’s personal assistant, Victoria Fajardo, at 312-329-1170 or email@example.com.
FROM A PRESENTER
A belated message to tell you how grateful we are for your fabulous performance this past Saturday. You played so brilliantly, engaged the audience so compellingly and offered such marvelous music for our young audience to hear: Vivaldi, Brahms, Schoenberg. Immediately afterwards people were asking, “When is she returning?”
~Marianne Liberatore, Music For Youth, Connecticut
FROM A PARENT
I just wanted to tell you what a pleasant surprise it was for me to hear the sound of classical music coming from my 13 year old daughter's bedroom, rather than the usual Eminern or some other hip hop artist. When I felt her forehead, checking for fever, she laughed and showed me your CD, which was on loan from Mr. Carr, her violin teacher at Poughkeepsie Middle School. Leigh saw you perform there recently, and was quite impressed…Thank you for the refreshing change of pace.
FROM A KID
Thank you very much for performing for us. I enjoyed it very much. I think a lot of people would like to follow in your steps. I also enjoyed your stories. I hope you like entertaining as much as we enjoyed you! I hope you play for us again!!!
~Kayla, Northwest Elementary School