Residencies Designed to Capture Attention, Ignite Enthusiasm and Inspire Creativity
As with Music on the Trail, each residency interconnects music, multi-media, and experiential activities to provide a unified focus and holistic understanding of music and its place in the world. Students participate in a variety of activities such as singing, hands-on creating, composing, dancing, performing, and active listening. All residencies implement integrated curriculum from complementary disciplines to meet national standards.
All residencies are designed to be lasting learning experiences through the use comprehensive guides, discography, bibliography, web links, educational vocabulary lists, learning activities, and assessments.
Funding: As a rostered artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Mid-America Arts Alliance, financial support is available. And, extra perks for block booking!
Halloween Music Meets the Masters
Enter the “dark side” of classical genre masterworks! Integrated curriculum provides a global cultural and historical perspective as information surrounding each composer and his home country is introduced. (Target audience: Grades 3-5)
Papa Haydn and the Sonata
Follow the development of the sonata through the life experiences of great composer-musician Franz Joseph Haydn. Find the sonata in his personal study at the Esterhazy Summer Palace in Hungary, or at its debut on the concert stage in London. Learn what life of a musician was like in eighteenth-century Europe. Donna brings it all together with photos from her experiences abroad, historical primary-source commentary, and artful performances of selected Haydn sonatas. (Target audience: Middle School)
Experience a Revolution!
Students travel back to the Enlightenment to see how musicians and their instruments contribute to cultural change. Hear the revolutionary developments in the piano and feel the shift in eighteenth-century thought as greats such as Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart are explored. References to her book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano (Oxford University Press, 2015), provide a deep and rich learning experience. (Target audience: High School)


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