Rockport Music’s Youth Education 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.

In-School Programs

Music in the Schools

Our In-School artist residency programs focus on enriching the lives and musical abilities of children in the Rockport and Gloucester public schools. These visits range from general presentations in gymnasiums to side by side performances at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. We are excited to have a new addition to these programs for the 2019-20 season by adding an Education Ensemble-in-Residence, Palaver Strings, from Portland, Maine. They will engage in over 10 visits to the Rockport Schools through the entire 2019-20 school year presenting workshops, master classes and a side by side performance.

In addition to the Palaver Strings Residency, Rockport Music will also have visits from artists such as Jazz Workshop director Alexa Tarantino, African drummer Sowah Mensah, as well as folk vocal ensemble Windborne and the Beantown Swing Orchestra.

Rockport Jazz Workshop

For jazz students 10-18

Alexa Tarantino, director
Rockport Music hosts a summer fun and engaging jazz program for middle and high school students. Students are required to have at least 2 years experience on their instrument for participation.