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.

In the spring of 2022, more than 500 students and elders took part in How I See Music workshops at Northwood Elementary School, The Meadows, Rianda House, West Park Elementary School, and Willow Elementary School.

A curated selection of the artwork created by participants in the spring 2022 workshops were part of the live performance of Antonin Dvoƙák’s New World Symphony on Opening Night of the Festival’s 2022 Summer Season at Charles Krug, (July 15, 2022). Details on Opening Night.

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.