Side-by-Side concerts create the opportunity for aspiring music students to play alongside professional musicians. When students see first-hand how professional musicians work in their industry, it allows unique insight and perspective they can use for future performances.
MASTERCLASS, LECTURE DEMOS AND COACHING
In masterclasses, a student performs for the musician, usually in front of a class, and the musician provides the student with feedback. In lecture demonstrations, the musician may perform a few pieces and speak about the music, the instrument, the composer, their own life as a musician, etc. The purposes of these lecture demonstrations are for students to become familiar with the instruments of the orchestra, the musicians, and the music they perform. During coaching sessions, students split into sectionals with their respective PBS instrument instructor where they study technique, tone, intonation, and musical ideas. During the last fifteen minutes of the class, the students come back together as a group and work on ensemble balance with PBS musicians playing alongside them.
PBS collaborates with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) nights currently being implemented with the Palm Beach County public school system. By incorporating the musical arts, PBS provides additional music activities, transforming STEM to STEAM (adding the A for Arts).