TC Students Work with The New York Philharmonic

On January 23rd and 24th, Merkin Concert Hall was filled with young children and their parents to attend the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concert. The concert’s theme was “Debussy and Friends: Allegro and Adagio.”

These concerts are specifically designed to invite young children and their parents to interact with and learn about classical music. Children are invited to participate in pre-concert activities, attend a concert performed specially for them by NY Philharmonic members and to try out instruments.

Under the supervision of Dr. Lori Custodero, Teachers College Music Education students collaborated with members of the NY Philharmonic to design interactive musical activities for young children and their parents. These activities included an introduction to the harp, moving with music, and storytelling through music. After the children attended the concert, the students aided children in trying out the violin, harp, cello, and bass.

For those who participated, many expressed a great gratitude for the opportunity to learn in such a unique environment and were thankful to have the opportunity to work with welcoming professionals from the NY Philharmonic. Music indeed, brought professional musicians, teachers, parents, and children together. Congratulations to all who participated!

The next Very Young People’s Concert will be held in April with a “Treble and Bass” theme. If you’d like to attend or find out more information on concert dates, please visit:

For more information about how to be a Teaching Assistant for these concerts, please contact Rebecca Straayer at