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At Meany Center, we believe arts education should start young and last a lifetime.

Despite the extraordinary restrictions on live performances this season, we remain committed to providing quality performing arts educational experiences for elementary school students, their teachers and families. We believe that in this extraordinary time, providing arts enrichment activities for children that are not only educational but joyful, creative and exciting is perhaps the greatest service Meany Center can deliver to our community.

We are working with a fantastic variety of artists this season to plan asynchronous learning programs. These virtual lessons will be delivered to teachers, parents or students who register (free of charge) anytime within the listed event dates. You may register as a teacher and share/forward the private link to the program widely within your school/classroom community, or parents may register their students themselves and receive the links directly from Eventbrite via email.

New programs are still being added. Please check back as we add more opportunities this winter. 

Please email us directly with any questions or suggestions as we enter this new world of remote learning and virtual performance together!


ONLINE — Playful Composition with Third Coast Percussion

November 16, 2020 through January 31, 2021 
Target age group: 3rd–5th grade students (all ages welcome)

Grammy-winning percussion ensemble Third Coast Percussion is offering Meany Center’s audiences and school partners a unique program designed especially for youth, thanks to the generous support of Chamber Music America. 

You can now access all five chapters of Think Outside the Drum, as well as video instructions for Danny Clay’s “Sonic Scavenger Hunt” with this vimeo link, which requires the following password: TCP. All videos will be available until Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The final component of Playful Composition with Third Coast Percussion is an original composition made up of recorded sounds submitted by students who participate in the “Sonic Scavenger Hunt”. To complete this activity, watch the Sonic Scavenger Hunt Video and follow these instructions

If you would like to have your sounds included in the final piece, please submit video recordings of your sounds by Saturday, December 5, 2020 (deadline extended!) 

In order to have your recorded submissions included in the final piece, students must ask their caregivers to complete and return a release form to us. The videos and release form should all be sent via email to The scavenger hunt list and instructions as well as the release form can all be found here.

The final piece will be sent to all participants on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. We hope you take part in the “Sonic Scavenger Hunt” and even if you don't submit a recording—you will still receive access to the final composition!

As always, don’t hesitate to email us at with any questions. Let the musical adventure begin!


ONLINE — Ragamala Dance Company:
Basics of Bharatanatyam with Ranee Ramaswamy

December 3, 2020 through May 31, 2021
Target age group: 3rd–5th grade students (all ages welcome)

Learn how to perform one of India’s oldest classical dance traditions — with a modern twist! In this 30-minute video, members of Ragamala Dance Company will tell you about Bharatanatyam and show you how they have incorporated their own aesthetic as first-generation Indian-Americans to create something altogether new.

And parents, be prepared to join your students for this workshop. Ragamala is led by Artistic Director Ranee Ramaswamy and her daughters Aparna and Ashwini — proof that dance is a family affair. In addition to the video, Meany Center will provide a Teaching Guide and additional teaching resources to all registered teachers or parents.

Basics of Bharatanatyam with Ranee Ramaswamy is now available for steaming! We hope that you thoroughly enjoy this introduction to the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company! Watch the video HERE.

Before diving into the video, we recommend exploring the Bharatanatyam Study Guide created by Ragamala Dance Company to learn more about Bharatanatyam and the history of the company. If you’re looking for more, Ragamala Dance Company also created an educational guide for the Kennedy Center and filmed a #Concertsforkids for the Lincoln Center that are both excellent resources.