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Band Geeks and Science Nerds: Taking Chamber Music from the Stage to the Classroom

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  • Experienced in the field of arts integration and narrative chamber music, Fifth House Ensemble presents three programs that aim to enliven the Science standards through chamber music as an example of how music and classroom teachers can collaborate to support diversity in learning.
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  • The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its "conviction, authority, and finesse." Fifth House’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues. Recently named to the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts-in-Education Roster, Fifth House’s innovative educational endeavors have resulted in performances and residencies at Chicago public schools and the Chicago Cultural Center in partnership with the International Music Foundation, the Chicago Teachers’ Center, and Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program. Programs are customized to the curriculum of each school, with the goals of promoting active listening skills and connecting music to a wide variety of subjects. Fifth House is currently Ensemble in Residence at Carthage College.