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EDUCATION

Welcome to the Education Department at the Boston Early Music Festival. The following links will provide you with detailed information about our School Enrichment Program during the school year and our Festival Family Day Program offered during the Festival week. Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Education David Coffin with questions regarding any of our programs.

School Enrichment Program

Music for the King’s Court: Exploring the Early Winds is the much sought-after School Enrichment Program presented by the Boston Early Music Festival’s Director of Education David Coffin. Imagine over 50 wind instruments on display in your school auditorium for your elementary school recorder players. David Coffin has been presenting this very engaging, interactive, musical, historical, and humorous program in hundreds of schools throughout New England since 2000. In one hour he will demonstrate the history of the recorder, how it works, what it can sound like “if you practice,” and what other early wind instruments were played with it in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. From the curriculum frameworks, vocabulary, geography, science of sound, music, and of course, history are neatly integrated into his presentation. Your students will be inspired and motivated to improve their playing and to recognize that there is a place for music in everyone’s life. Music can certainly be “cool.”

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Festival Family Day Program

The Festival Family Day Program is designed for children and their parents. Each festival week we present an interactive program to highlight the many instruments on display in the exhibit, but all in one room. Learn how many of these instruments are made, how they work, who played them, how they evolved to present day “familiar instruments,” and most important, what they sound like. This is an inspiring presentation that changes from each festival year that will engage children and adults alike. Our Director of Education David Coffin is well-versed in this venue as he spends the school year traveling to schools throughout New England presenting his Early Wind Instruments Enrichment Program.

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Director of Education David Coffin

David Coffin joined the Boston Early Music Festival staff in December 2006, to help further BEMF’s mission of bringing early music to the children of Greater Boston. Since joining BEMF, he has strengthened BEMF’s Family Day presentations—which take place during the biennial Exhibition—and has added a year-round School Enrichment Program to BEMF’s outreach offerings. While many of David’s school programs are aimed at students in under-funded schools, these lively and captivating programs are offered throughout New England. A strong advocate of the essential role music plays in the education of our children, David has been playing the recorder since the age of 4, achieved “hero” status in third grade, and has been performing ever since. He has a varied performance background, having performed with Revels since 1980 and serving as master of ceremonies since 1990, leading the audience in songs. He also presents many Historical Maritime programs crossing over his love of Early Music and instruments with Traditional Music. David’s programs often culminate in school-wide performances, and sharing his love of music with students is at the core of his work in schools.

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