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Kohl for Kids

From its inception, Music at Kohl Mansion has considered music education for children a central part of its mission. Music-making engages the entire brain: students with experience in the arts score highest on tests of creativity, expression and problem-solving. Establishing a vital and engaging relationship with music gives students a gift that will continue to enrich and delight them for life.

We are saddened to share that due to the current public health recommendations regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Music at Kohl Mansion must postpone our Kohl for Kids presentationsPlease know that we are thinking of you in these difficult and unprecedented times. Our primary concern is for our community’s well-being and we send our very best hopes for the safety and health of you and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we navigate uncharted territory together. Information regarding new dates will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Children’s Concerts

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OUR CHILDREN’S CONCERTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Children’s Concerts are 45-minute weekday presentations at Kohl Mansion designed for elementary and pre-school aged students. Fast-paced and lively, these performance by professional musicians/educators engage the very youngest audiences through participatory games, songs, and movement. They are ideal for class or group field trips, as well as individual families. Children’s Concerts are offered at the subsidized ticket price of $6 per child or accompanying adult.

2019 Children’s Concert – VNote Ensemble
February 27, 2019

Hailed for their spirited performances and fascinating fusion of jazz with Latin and folk rhythms, the VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure that is Venezuelan music as they explore its connection to North American jazz. Blending the infectious rhythms of joropo, swing, gaita, soul, be-bop, and calypso (among many others), the VNote Ensemble defiantly ignores musical boundaries. Exquisite arrangements and unique compositions, colors, and rhythms blend together to create a truly unique sound sure to make children of all ages sing and clap for joy! Two 45-minute shows: 10:25 am, repeats at 11:35 am.

Music-in-Schools

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MUSIC-IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Music-in-Schools brings renowned professional musicians into San Mateo County public elementary schools for assembly performances and workshops. These theme-based programs are coordinated to grade-appropriate curriculum standards. They are designed to captivate students’ imagination, improve their listening and playing skills, and prepare them for lifelong appreciation in artistic and cultural activities. Music-in-Schools is the only outside source of chamber music performance and education in the public school districts we serve. There is no cost for students to participate in the Music-in-Schools program.

Music at Kohl Mansion has supplemented school programs in a variety of ways:

  • Over 36 interactive workshops and 30 classroom sessions per year for more than 6,500 San Mateo County children
  • 10 master classes in middle and high schools
  • Study guides tied to California reading, math and science curricula
  • Children’s Concerts—45 minutes of musical entertainment for children of all ages
  • Over 110,000 children have benefited since the education program’s founding in 1992. We intend to fulfill this mission for many more years to come.

2020-2021 Music-in-Schools

Up, Up, and Away!

with Sound Impact’s new digital education program​ Time Travel Goes Digital!

For the 2020-21 school year Music at Kohl Mansion once again collaborates with the innovative Sound Impact ensemble to offer our partner schools music education programming for virtual or hybrid learning models.  In a spin-off of their original live program “Time Travel Through Music” (developed for Music at Kohl), Sound Impact ​leads students through an interactive time travel adventure online. This engaging 10-episode series explores music’s role throughout history. Each episode focuses on a unique theme revealing its connections to music, illustrating culturally responsive vignettes. Musicians of the Sound Impact collective are joined by special guest performers, composers and dancers. Throughout the series connections​ are made across the curriculum for K-6 grade students. Alongside the Time Travel goes Digital video series, Sound Impact has developed extensive curriculum support materials for all grade levels, as well as professional development, study guides, and both asynchronous and synchronous educational materials, and the possibility of live virtual visits with the musicians.  The Time Travel Adventure series is also appropriate for family viewing – check out the lively and engaging videos, and learn something along the way!

Join the adventure!

For more information, contact Music at Kohl Mansion: info@musicatkohl.org

Our 2019-2020 Music-in-Schools Artists:

We are saddened to share that due to the current public health recommendations regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Music at Kohl Mansion must postpone our Music in School presentationsPlease know that we are thinking of you in these difficult and unprecedented times. Our primary concern is for our community’s well-being and we send our very best hopes for the safety and health of you and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we navigate uncharted territory together. Information regarding new dates will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Double Play

The duo forming Double Play have played in symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, opera orchestras, and various chamber groups. You may recognize Lewis, the cellist as of the members from the Huckleberry Quartet. Double Play will perform for our Kindergarten and First Grade audiences this season.

Their presentations are carefully linked with existing school curriculum. With experience with many major Bay Area music organizations, they know what works. They want to get kids excited about music, show teachers the many ways that chamber music relates to their curriculum, and connect interested kids with resources to learn an instrument.

Double Play: Lewis Patzner, cello; Emily Onderdonk, viola & violin

Huckleberry Quartet

The Huckleberry String Quartet is comprised of a family of musicians and composers. Brothers Anton (viola), Lewis (cello) and Graham (violin) grew up playing music together with their parents and have branched out into multiple styles of music. Carla (violin), their mother, is excited to be playing with all three of her sons. 

 

Carla is a dedicated violin teacher and a member of Oakland Symphony and Festival Opera, while her sons are also all professional musicians, but each in his own unique way. Anton produces music for various artists and composes for films and commercials. Lewis plays in a variety of chamber groups and jazz ensembles, and also composes for these groups. Graham is a singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist who leads his own band, Whiskerman; he also functions as a side-man and band leader for other groups.

 

Together they are able to combine traditional styles of the classical string quartet with the modern sounds of jazz and rock to create a new and exciting program for elementary school children.

Huckleberry Quartet: Graham Patzner, Carla Picchi, violins; Lewis Patzner, cello; Anton Patzner, viola

Sound Impact

Sound Impact is a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change through live performance, educational programs, and creative collaboration. Sound Impact’s passion for community engagement brings music into diverse communities including schools, hospitals, homeless centers, juvenile detention centers and orphanages throughout the US and Costa Rica.

Aligned with Kohl for Kids’ theme “Everyone Has a Voice” Sound Impact’s newest education program inspires self-esteem for even the youngest audience member. This engaging new program explores themes of embracing our differences and staying true to oneself through the story of Ben the Bear (music composed by composer D.J. Sparr, story written by Grammy award winning writer Barry Louis Polisar) and the timeless music from West Side Story (arranged by John Wineglass). This program features interactive games to deepen the experience and understanding of these string instruments and new sounds and textures of contemporary music brought to life by a string trio.

Sound Impact: Rebecca Jackson, violin; Tiffany Richardson, viola; Katie Youn, cello

Young Chamber Musicians in Residence at Music at Kohl Mansion

Live Young Chamber Musicians programs have been suspended until further notice.
Please visit the YCM website for more information.

Partners in music education since early 2011, Music at Kohl Mansion and Young Chamber Musicians present a series of admission-free public programs at the Kohl Mansion and in the community. These programs showcase talented student chamber musicians in performances and master classes with distinguished guest artists.

About Young Chamber Musicians

Young Chamber Musicians, created and directed by violist Susan Bates, offers advanced chamber music instruction and exciting performance opportunities for string players and pianists ages 14-20.

The curriculum includes weekly coaching and group rehearsal, master classes by renowned chamber music artists from near and far, student performance opportunities and exposure to professional concerts that engage students as both performers and listeners.

The program immerses students in the chamber music repertoire to develop ensemble skills; encourage musical imagination; and, experience the art of working with others.

Young Chamber Musicians work in collaboration with Music at Kohl mansion and performs in the Mansion’s Library and Great Hall in the program’s public master classes, overture performances and the annual Finale Concert. Through Music at Kohl’s Carlstrom Student Ticket Program, YCM students attend chamber concerts free of charge.

Young Chamber Musicians is led by long-standing champion of chamber music education, Susan Bates with guest appearances by noted chamber music artists from near and far. Ms. Bates holds the 1992 award for “Excellence in Chamber Music Training” from Chamber Music America; and since 1982, she has guided numerous young musicians who are now pursuing careers as professional musicians and playing chamber music “for the love of it”.

Website: http://youngchambermusicians.org

Calendar of Events

We are saddened to share that due to the current public health recommendations regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Music at Kohl Mansion must suspend Young Chamber Musicians Master Classes. Please know that we are thinking of you in these difficult and unprecedented times. Our primary concern is for our community’s well-being and we send our very best hopes for the safety and health of you and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we navigate uncharted territory together. 


Photo: Eugene Kiang

Educational Resources

Music at Kohl Mansion is providing the below resources to help our patrons locate music teachers, local children’s musical performances, instrument rental and retail purchase locations, music schools, children’s music performances and articles you may find helpful and interesting. We are not in partnership or endorse these resources, but encourage parents to use them as a guide to enrich their children’s musical experiences.