PBS Created the opportunity for aspiring student musicians to play alongside professional musicians. Learning first-hand from these professionals during master classes and rehearsals prior to performance was a once in a lifetime experience and has a long-lasting impression. Last season, more than 100 students participated and performed alongside PBS musicians.
MASTERCLASS AND COACHING
PBS musicians supervised 16 masterclasses at eight different schools including UB Kinsey, Conservatory School at North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Public, Palm Springs Middle, Jupiter Middle, Benjamin Upper and Lower School, and the Center for Creative Education. During these materclasses, students split into sectionals with their respective instrument instructor where they studied about technique, tone, intonation, and musical ideas. During the last fifteen minutes of the class, the students came back together as a group and worked on ensemble balance with PBS musicians playing alongside them.
For the second year, PBS collaborated 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 was able to provide two additional activities transforming STEM to STEAM (adding the A for Arts). PBS activities gave students a chance to experiment with different string instruments, learn about how it produces sound, and experiment with Boomwhackers, learning concepts like rhythm and meter. This year PBS participated in 15 STEAM nights reaching over 5,000 students.