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Music Education that makes a difference.

MGS pairs educational and outreach presentations with each of the artists or ensembles presented on our concert series, bringing the artists out to the community to engage students and community members.

In addition, MGS features artists in our interview series, meet-and-greets, and a virtual educational lesson plan series for in-school and at-home educators.  

MGS is also proud to announce our Chamber Ensemble Residency for 2023. The MGS Chamber Ensemble Residency is designed to provide performance opportunities and mentorship for an up-and-coming ensemble interested in chamber music as it was, is, and can be.

Scroll down to experience the online music education presentations housed on our website and photos of education events from last season!

Support for MGS education programming is provided in part by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, ArtsGreensboro, and Creative Greensboro - the city’s office for arts & culture.


Music for Young People - Online Edition

Our Music for Young People series is presented in conjunction with our concert series, and we bring our artists into the classrooms to interact with students, introducing their instruments, the music they perform, and their lives as musicians.  Below we have a number of online education presentations including interviews and recordings of our artists, lesson plans, activities and more!

These materials are created with elementary and middle school students in mind, but can be enjoyed by those of any age.

MGS thanks Kim Barclift and Matt Wilson for crafting the education presentations below.  Both Ms. Barclift and Mr. Wilson pursued advanced degrees in Music Education at UNCG.


Jan 27 - Rolston String Quartet - Haydn & Grieg
Discussing Musical Scales and Emotions in Music

Feb 10 - André Lash introduces the organ
Discussing Timbre and a virtual "Organ Crawl"

Feb 24 - Resident Jazz Quartet - Without a Song
Discussing Tempo, Musical Form, and Improvisation

March 17 - ZOFO Piano Duet - George Gershwin Cuban Overture
Discussing Salsa Music and Salsa Percussion

April 7 - Fusion of Musical Genres - Simon Preston Alleluyas for Organ
Discussing the Genres/Periods of Western Classical Music and the fusion of those genres.

April 14 - Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue for Organ
Discussing the Fugue or Round

April 21 - Caterina Assandra Ave Verum Corpus *written for high school age students
Discussing Transcription

Feb 21 - Stephen Price performs on the organ - Coleridge-Taylor's Impromptu
Discussing the Instrument Families, and the Pipe Organ

March 18 - Harlem Quartet performs Strayhorn and Marsalis
Discussing Jazz and Strings (Harlem Quartet was presented in partnership with Chamber Music Raleigh)

May 16 - Ariel Pocock performs Jobim's If You Never Come To Me
Discussing Samba and Bossa Nova

For more videos including interviews and performances visit our YouTube page!

MGS is committed to bringing all of our performing artists to the public school students to provide access to as many students as possible each year.  MGS tailors these visits to the individual school and works closely with the music teachers to match the artists to the schools.

In an effort to create the a lasting impact on the students attending education presentations, students are provided with a voucher which allows their entire family to attend the Friday night concert free of charge. 

In the 2022-23 Season of Inspiration, James Giles presented a masterclass for UNCG students, David Higgs presented a masterclass for UNCG and UNCSA students, and Thalea String Quartet visited 3rd and 4th graders at Morehead Elementary School with an education presentation about what music makes you feel.  This spring, Maharajah Flamenco Trio introduced their music to students at Newcomer's School and worked with guitar students at Guilford College and Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.  Kola Owolabi presented masterclasses at UNCG and UNCSA.  Helios Piano Trio worked with string and piano students at the Academy at Lincoln and performed for students at Weaver Academy.  Resident Ensemble Mint String Quartet has performed for students at Jones Elementary, and multi-week residencies at Swann Middle and Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.


James Giles Masterclass at UNCG       David Higgs Masterclass with UNCG and UNCSA students       Thalea Quartet at Morehead Elementary

MFT Newcomer's School           Owolabi UNCG                   Helios at the Academy at Lincoln           Mint Quartet at Swann Middle

For Students By Students

For Students By Students is an interview series created in partnership with UNCG’s Arts Administrative Resource Community.  The questions will be administered by the arts administration students in the student led organization.  Questions will cover topics such as inspirations to join the arts, past experience in the arts, current experience in the arts, and future goals in the Arts.  Interviews in the first round of the series include undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students as well as newly appointed faculty members to give student audiences an opportunity to see a path in the various stages ahead of them.

These interviews are created with high school students in mind, but can be enjoyed by those of any age.


Feb 3 - Gabriel Figuracion - Undergraduate Viola/Music Ed Major at UNCGFor Students By Students
G. Figuracion Question List and Times

Feb 17 - James Austin Porzenski - Master's Vocal Major at UNCG
J. Porzenski Question List and Times

March 3 - Kassandra Ormsby - Bassoon Doctoral Candidate at UNCG
K. Ormsby Question List and Times

March 10 - Dr. Annie Jeng - Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at UNCG
A. Jeng Question List and Times

Want to play a part in making music education accessible for all? Attend an MGS concert and support the concerts as an audience member.  Or consider a donation to support MGS education programming!