How I See Music

How I See Music is an educational program produced as part of Festival Napa Valley’s Arts for All initiative. Conducted as a free, on-site workshop at schools, senior activity centers, and community centers, How I See Music combines “ears-on” and “hands-on” learning to explore symphonic music for listeners ages 5 to 95, teaching deep listening skills and the concept of abstraction in the visual arts.

How I See Music workshops serve over 800 students and elders annually. Past participants include McPherson Elementary School, Northwood Elementary School, The Meadows, Rianda House, West Park Elementary School, and Willow Elementary School.

A curated selection of the artwork created by workshop participants was presented as part of the live performance onstage at the Opening Night of the Festival’s 2022 Summer Season. The Opening Night of the Festival's 2023 Summer Season at Charles Krug on Friday, July 14 will feature work from 2023 workshops.

For the 2023 Summer Season, How I See Music workshops will focus on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and will be offered at school sites and senior centers starting in November 2022 and continuing through May 2023.

If your school or senior center is interested in bringing a free How I See Music workshop to its site, please contact Festival Napa Valley’s Education Department.

How I See Music is funded in part by Napa County and Kaiser Permanente.

Additional support provided by Julie and Frank Husic.



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