What is a Theme and Why is it Important? A theme is a dominant thought, a unifying vision, a moral. It is the central idea behind your concert. A themecommunicates a kind of truth about the way human beings act, think, or feel.
Why should you use themes in your programming?
Themed concerts can be edifying and entertaining for students and concert goers alike. They are a welcome diversion from the usual potpourri of concert pieces.
A themed concert may contain a few selections of a theme or the entire repertoire may be along the chosen theme. Program notes can tell why you selected a theme and contain relevant information or fascinating tidbits about the theme. No music group is too young or too old to have a theme-oriented concert.
Want to make the concert extra fun? Use student narration or video. For example, for the theme of “dance,” before the presentation of each selection have a student give a brief presentation about that dance style (such as its history or famous figures) or on a screen present footage of people dancing in that dance style as the school band or orchestra plays. Or have some students from your school dance to the accompaniment of the music.
Themes help audiences relate to real-time experiences and build on prior knowledge or experiences with a genre of music. Thematic unitsalso help us pave the way to facilitating learning of a new genre and experiences.
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