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 Bel Aire Park Magnet School, McPherson Elementary School, Napa Valley Language Academy, Northwood Elementary School, The Meadows, Rianda House, Silverado Orchards, Vichy Elementary School, West Park Elementary School, and Willow Elementary School.

Each year, a curated selection of the artwork created by workshop participants is presented as part of a live performance onstage during the Festival's Summer Season.

For the 2024 Summer Season, How I See Music workshops will focus on George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and will be offered at school sites and senior centers starting in October 2023 and continuing through May 2024.

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.