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6th Grade to go on musical journey

Sixth grade Meyersdale Middle School students are about to embark on a musical journey with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on January 30, as part of the PSO’s Sixth Grade Schooltime programming. 

Students will be attending a program entitled “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” This program is part of PSO’s educational concert series and will incorporate multimedia work with actors, music, images and texts to tell the stories of seven historical immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island. 

Mrs. Katie Howard, MASD Director of Bands, received a mailing outlining the various opportunities for students sponsored by the PSO and was especially interested in the programming designed for sixth grade students. 

 “I think that trips like this are important for several reasons. First, it gives students a chance to go outside of their normal environment. We may have students in 6th grade who have never been to Pittsburgh before, so it gives them a cultural experience. Secondly, it's important for our students to see cross-curricular performances because it helps tie together the classes that they take and hopefully they can make some real-world connections,” she explained. “Lastly, I think it's important to expose our students to high-quality performances because experiences like this help them develop into well-rounded individuals.”

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra promotes curiosity, skill-building, and knowledge about music through learning programs that address the needs and interests of Pre-K-12 learners. Grounded in educational best practices, these dynamic programs provoke new ideas and perspectives, nurture excitement, and enhance young people's aptitude for imaginative learning.

The program, “Ellis Island: The Dream of America, is offered free by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Students will depart after arriving at the school and will return in time to ride their regular bus home.