Youth Programs


Youth Education Programs

Rockport Music’s Education and Community Engagement programs provide learning opportunities and hands on musical experiences to the Cape Ann community. In addition to presenting free community concerts at the Shalin Liu Performance Center every season, the organization provides extensive and enriching multi-day artist residencies in the Rockport and Gloucester public schools that include side by side performances and workshops with students of all ages. Rockport Music also brings performances and educational opportunities to the broader Cape Ann community by collaborating with local venues such as libraries, museums, restaurants, parks and senior homes.



Recent Highlights

  • New England Conservatory Opera students presented George Bizet’s Dr. Miracle in fully-staged and costumed performances for K-3 students
  • Bohemian Quartet performed music rooted in gypsy culture for local K-12 school students
  • Classical Jam performed classical and new music for students in Rockport and Gloucester
  • The Firebird Ensemble performed Jon Deak’s A Christmas Carol for young students and demonstrated the different instruments for elementary students in four schools districts.

Visit our PHOTO GALLERY for more pictures of Rockport Music’s educational activities.




Recent Highlights

  • A week-long Jazz Workshop for middle and high school musicians held in July or August
  • Classical Jam, acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians, worked with local middle and high school students in several workshops that culminated in a joint performance with high school students for the finale piece of their concert
  • Bohemian Quartet performed music rooted in gypsy culture for local K-12 students and joined with the high school orchestra in a community concert
  • Master drummer Sowah Mensah worked with music students on the drumming techniques from Ghana and incorporated the Rockport High School Orchestra in his public performance.
  • Music students gained in-depth knowledge of string instruments and the many genres of which they are an integral part through participation in performances and workshops with renowned musicians like Regina Carter and A Far Cry orchestra
  • Visit our PHOTO GALLERY for more pictures of Rockport Music’s educational activities.



During town festivals, Rockport Music offers programs from instrument “petting” zoos and make-your-own-instrument workshops.  In collaboration with Pathways for Children Head Start program in Gloucester, Rockport Music offers interactive musical presentations to pre-school students, making music accessible, fun, and even therapeutic for people of all ages. Since 2009, the HARP (Healing Arts at Rockport) program–with community partners like Hospice of North Shore, the North Shore Education Consortium, and Union Hospital’s in-patient Child Psychiatry Unit–has touched the lives of dozens of children and adults (and their families) by providing music as a tool for self-expression, creativity and stress reduction.

Recent Highlights

  • As part of the Healing Arts Program, world music ensemble Ten Tumbao provided a percussion workshop for children at the Hunt Center.
  • Children of all ages participated in Rockport Music’s instrument “petting” zoo during the town’s celebration Motif #1 Day and took part in the make-your-own-instrument workshop during Harvest Festival.  Students gained a close-up and personal experience with different instruments and how they are made.
  • In a special holiday concert, The Firebird Ensemble presented Jon Deak’s A Christmas Carol 
  • The Town of Rockport celebrates the holidays with several annual holiday traditions which Rockport Music participates by offering a free community sing-along and holiday film later in the evening

PHOTO CREDIT: Sharron Cohen

For information on Rockport Music Education and Outreach opportunities for your school or the Cape Ann community, please contact Rockport Music at 978.546.7391.

Video Overview

Learn more about Rockport Music’s Education and Outreach programs by watching this brief Education video of testimonials by students, teachers and board members, as well as footage of school programs and student performances.


For a list of upcoming community and education events, visit our COMMUNITY EVENTS page.