OneShot! Concerts

OneShot! Concerts

These concerts are designed to provide a wide variety of ages with essential information about classical music. Using other topics as an entrance point to understanding, Fifth House Ensemble has created a unique and interactive experience appropriate for all-school events.

Music Can Tell a Story

This concert explores the ways in which music can tell a story without words, and how composers use different musical tools to create characters, setting, and plot. The ensemble pairs chamber music and text, and leads students through a series of small and large group activities. The audience participates in a “choose your own adventure” project at the end of the performance, culminating in a presentation of their original story inspired by music.

Terms to include:

Pulse, tempo, accelerando/ritardando, ostinato, rhythm, musical instruments (including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, piano), melody, accompaniment, character, plot, setting, dialogue.

Young Composer's Workshop

This OneShot!, which can be adapted for virtually any age or group size, draws on students’ ideas and basic drawing skills to explore compositional techniques and interpretation. Musical terms are introduced and used as a means of communication between students and musicians, who will interpret graphic scores and interact with individual students.

Musical Opposites

This program for our youngest listeners (preschool – kindergarten) turns listeners into carefully-thinking detectives, finding highs and lows, fasts and slows, and other important musical opposites.

Terms to include:

Opposites, high, low, melody, soft, loud, fast, slow, instrument names

The Heartbeat of Music

This elementary program explores how music has a pulse, or “heartbeat,” and how that heartbeat pumps life into each piece of music. Students learn to relate elements of music to parts of the circulatory system and see how a chamber music group works together to perform, just as their hearts and lungs works to keep their bodies moving.

Terms to include:

Pulse, tempo, accelerando/ritardando, ostinato, rhythm, musical instruments (including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, piano), melody, accompaniment, heart, pulse, breathing/respiration, blood cell, oxygen.

Music in Motion: The Physics of Music

This concert demonstrates links between universal physics and math concepts and chamber music. Students learn how to graph speed and acceleration as they hear it in music, explore whether music has it’s own momentum, and attempt to defy music’s natural “gravity.”

Terms to include:

Pulse, tempo, accelerando/ritardando, ostinato, rhythm, musical instruments (including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, piano), melody, accompaniment, momentum, laws of motion, acceleration, gravity.

A Well-Balanced Musical Diet

Students learn how healthy habits such as eating right and exercising relate to chamber music in this interactive program. Through our “Musical Lab” activity, kids can see what changes in elements such as rhythm, dynamics, and group work can make in a chamber music performance.

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Our collaborators for various projects have also brought their talents to the OneShot! stage. In 2010-2011, Rebekah Scallat, our collaborator for The Weavers Tales accompanied us to schools to bring creative drama to students of various ages. Along with musicians of Fifth House Ensemble, students explored the links between acting, movement, and the sounds of music. Students learned how to best communicate dramatic stories when set to music, and received feedback from 2 professional actors.