Up Close & Musical®

in Schools

Up Close & Musical®

Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. The curriculum is guided by the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model and academic standards for music, bringing the Hunt Quartet into six schools four times each year. School visits will take place in the spring of 2022 next season. Individual quartet members visit separate classrooms to conduct exciting and interactive lessons that send students on a hunt for the concepts of melody, rhythm, expression, and form. They then demonstrate these concepts in a performance for the whole school!

At the end of the school year all of the participating schools are invited to attend Symphony Soup, which brings young people from across south-central Wisconsin into Overture Center for the Arts to experience classical music the way it was meant to be heard – live! At this culminating concert, the Hunt Quartet is featured among a full symphony orchestra.

Up Close & Musical Virtual Lessons, 2021

Our musicians have prepared virtual Up Close & Musical lessons for you and your students! Suzanne Beia, MSO Co-Concertmaster, teaches about expression. Christopher Dozoryst, MSO Principal Violist, teaches about melody. Karl Lavine, MSO Principal Cellist, teaches about rhythm.

Enter password to watch, Suzanne Beia:

Enter password to watch, Christopher Dozoryst:

Enter password to watch, Karl Lavine:

Would your school like to participate in the 2021/2022 school year?

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With questions, please contact MSO Director of Education Kathryn Schwarzmann at kschwarzmann@madisonsymphony.org.

After the Kindergarten mini-concert, a child said, ‘That was the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard!

Participating Teacher

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major funding provided by


An Anonymous Friend

David and Kato Perlman

Stanley and Shirley Inhorn

Additional funding provided by

Wendy Weiler and Robert Erb

Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind

Wisconsin Arts Board

Wisconsin Arts Board support comes with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.