THE ABCDs OF WORKING TOGETHER
The ABCDs of Working Together is a school program created by the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth
that inspires children and students to be excited about chamber music and the music-making process.
Pianist and pedagogue, Sara Doan, engages students in a learning experience that demonstrates the common
elements of music making in the everyday lives of students. Awareness, Balance, Communication, and
Discipline are necessary components in making music and doing well at school.
Based on a combination of live performance and direct teaching, the ABCD program allows students to directly participate in the ensemble rehearsal process. Participants leave with a clear understanding of the "A, B, C, Ds" of working together.
1- To help students understand and recognize the
need for working together to reach a common
goal or solve a problem.
2- To promote music through chamber music.
3- To expose students to live classical music.
The program is designed for 2nd through 4th grade students.
1- Sara Doan (piano) and Sarah Price (violin) will perform
a variety of classical pieces and familiar popular tunes
in a mock rehearsal.
2- Use the theme “ABCDs of Working Together” to
represent the following concepts utilized by musicians
when performing together: Awareness, Balance,
Communication, and Discipline.
3- Students must utilize the concepts by helping the
performers overcome the issues they encounter during
4- Demonstrate the results of utilizing the concepts by
presenting a recital.
Set Up: A large space with a piano. A microphone is preferable, but not always necessary.
Duration: The tentative duration is 35 minutes.
Sara Doan - ABCDs of Working Together Program Director -
Sarah Price - CMSFW Director of Education -