In partnership with the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra supports musical learning at the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn campus (UCW), which serves students in grades 6-12. By engaging with musicians and teaching artists, students continue to establish the foundation for lifelong participation in civic and cultural life.
Special classroom and afterschool workshop opportunities engage students directly with musicians of the Civic Orchestra and teaching artists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in projects that forge connections between classical music and art forms such as dance and creative writing. Students also enjoy in-school educational performances designed to introduce classical repertoire and the instruments of the symphony orchestra, as well as field trips to Symphony Center to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2012/13 season highlights at UCW included teaching artist visits to sixth grade classrooms, collaborative performances with high school dance students, school field trips, in-school ensemble performances from Civic Orchestra musicians in the CSOâ€™s MusiCorps program, and multiple opportunities for faculty and families to attend evening concerts at Orchestra Hall. In a fall 2012 project, UCW students recorded "Warrior Spirit," a new school song created by student representatives from each grade alongside a CSO teaching artist.