Developed over 20 years ago as a partnership between The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and area schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the CONNECT program is a supplementary music education program available to students in participating schools free of charge.  The CONNECT Program serves students in grades 1-5.

The CONNECT program is a constantly changing and ever-evolving program.  In an effort to align the program with the organization’s overarching strategic goals, keep up with the constant changes within public school education and respond to feedback provided by our partnering schools in the annual CONNECT evaluation, some program changes and adjustments occur from year to year.

The elements of the program include:

*CONNECT curriculum
-Student Newsletter: colorful resource outlining the musical theme of the year
-Teacher Supplement: worksheets, lesson plans which align to the state   standards and ideas for incorporation of classical music into the classroom
-All-School Resources:  Internet resources, specially selected books to promote the integration of the musical theme and an accompanying CD for students and teachers.

*CONNECT Concert Repertoire preparation resources for teacher use with students

*CONNECTion visits for concept preparation by SPCO musicians to our partner schools

*Student CONNECTion virtual visit from a Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies ensemble to partner schools

*CONNECTion virtual visit with an SPCO Liquid Music composer and artist.

*A full-orchestra concert designed for students in grades 1-5 at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Participating schools in the CONNECT Program:
St. Paul Public Schools: Adams Spanish Immersion, Eastern Heights Elementary, Expo for Excellence, Groveland Park Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Mississippi Creative Arts, Linwood Arts Plus, Monroe Arts Plus
Minneapolis Public Schools: Kenwood Elementary, Loring Community School, Seward Montessori, Pratt Community

For more information on the CONNECT program and a special feature at Linwood Elementary in St. Paul, check out MN Original’s special on The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at 9’52” in the video below.