Bash the Trash has been working with orchestras and orchestral institutions since its inception in the late 1980’s. We’ve worked with Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic among others.
FOR ORCHESTRAS AND ENSEMBLES
John Bertles and Bash the Trash’s services to orchestras include:
A full-blown environmental program involving professional development for teachers, student instrument building, and audience-member participation in specially composed orchestral pieces for school-time or family concerts
Instrument-building instructions in hand-bills for young peoples concerts
Pre-concert building activities
Long-term Teaching Artist Residencies
Professional Development for teachers, orchestral musicians and teaching artists
Consulting on educational programs connecting music to literacy, music, science, math and social studies curriculum
Dynamic concert narration and programming consulting for young peoples and family programming
Our most popular professional development offering for Orchestras:
CREATING AND NOTATING WITH STUDENT-BUILT INSTRUMENTS
A unique professional development mash-up with content especially designed for orchestras, this workshop combines the most relevant music-making and composing portions of two of John Bertles’ PD workshops - Building Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials, and Composing with Children. Educators will learn how to build simple instruments from all four families of the orchestra and then compose for those instruments using invented and graphic notation that also provides a basis for understanding traditional western notation.