Monadnock Music

Music Education Outreach

Lend An Ear!

“The Lend an Ear! program for our schools is not only informative and fun, but it has become beloved by our students and staff members. At the start of each school year, children begin asking which instruments will be visiting. It is such a gift for them to be able to hear instruments that we have seen only on posters, and to be able to talk to the people who make them come to life. Each session is perfect for our age group, and is a wonderful combination of listening and participating. Thank you all!”

~ Nancy Tabor, Music Teacher, New Ipswich, NH

Monadnock Music’s year-round education program, Lend an Ear!, enriches and broadens the appreciation and understanding of music for local children. Established in 1985, it was created not only to nurture the audience of the future, but also to provide a valuable and creative experience in each of its performance-demonstrations in local elementary schools.

Taking an interactive approach, performers demonstrate the families of instruments and teach key musical concepts such as rhythm and harmony. Giving children a sense of the life of working musicians, they show that music-making is a craft and an art, as well as something of beauty. These inspirational school visits teach that practicing and performing music help to develop important life skills, such as concentration, team work, interpretive and critical thinking, and problem solving.

Programs include the presentation of the instruments and how they are constructed; a demonstration of various types of sounds the instruments can make; and brief performances that illustrate various styles and characters of music. They also present various musical concepts (form, pitch, rhythm, notation, imitation, tempo, etc). The interactive format features a Question & Answer session, stimulating curiosity and encouraging students to develop their own answers.

Selected Participating Regional schools: Conval North (Antrim, Bennington, Hancock, Francestown); Conval South (Dublin, Greenfield, Peterborough, Temple); Highbridge Hill Elementary (New Ipswich); Franklin School (Keene); Jaffrey Grade School; Marlborough School; Nelson Elementary School; Rindge Memorial Elementary; Wells Memorial (Harrisville).

If your school would like to participate please contact the Monadnock Music Office at 603-852-4345 or via email at

Help make this program possible through a gift to Monadnock Music. You may contribute online or by calling 603-852-4345.

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