New Arts Explorers program

Cape Symphony & Conservatory Announces “Arts Explorers,” a Supplemental Homeschool Program

Music and visual arts classes for preschool through 8th grade students

HYANNIS, MA—September 16, 2020

The Cape Symphony & Conservatory is pleased to announce Arts Explorers, a weekly music and visual arts program designed to supplemental homeschooling for parents during this particularly challenging semester.

Led by a skilled arts educator, students will enjoy a 10-week curriculum composed of nationally-renowned music programming, visual art projects, and plenty of social recreation. Classes will be divided by age group and limited to 10 students per session, to ensure proper social distancing measures. Weather-permitting, outdoor classroom space will be prioritized.

“Many parents are facing the challenge of how to provide educational opportunities to their children this fall,” said Jackie deRuyter, Cape Conservatory Director. “The Arts Explorers program offers an option that gives students the rich benefits of music and art education in a safe, social setting.”

The Preschool Arts Explorers class will use John Feierabend’s acclaimed “First Steps in Music” curriculum. Young musicians will develop their musical senses while enjoying imaginative games and instrument exploration.

Grades K-2:
The K-2 Arts Explorers students will spend ten weeks traveling the musical globe with Carnegie Hall’s “Music Explorers” curriculum. Using materials developed by celebrated international artists, learners will encounter the folk music traditions of nations such as Haiti, Argentina, South Africa, and Greece. Students will enjoy hands-on experiences with musical instruments as well as many other enriching activities.

Grades 3-5:
Arts Explorers in grades 3-5 will participate in the Link Up program, a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This highly participatory program explores orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. Over 1,400 students across Cape Cod (and 450,000 globally) participate in this highly engaging program each year, culminating in a live, interactive concert with the Cape Symphony (details forthcoming).

Grades 6-8:
Arts Explorers in grades 6-8 will dive deep into a variety of musical topics. Students can expect to explore contemporary and classical styles of music, dig into the international musical traditions of several nations, learn about music from their favorite movies, build their own musical instruments, and much more! Cooperative learning and teamwork will be prioritized, as students sharpen their skills as researchers and lovers of music.

The Arts Explorers program begins the week of September 28th. Financial aid is available for qualified students. For more information about the Arts Explorer program, financial aid opportunities, and to register, visit For questions, contact Jackie deRuyter at 508.362.2772, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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About Cape Symphony & Conservatory
Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, the Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to arts education for all ages includes musical instruction as well as classes in dance and visual art at campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through Link Up and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands. Visit and for more information.

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