Our Educational Director

Terry Wolkowicz

Education Director Terry Wolkowicz’s innovative and creative approach to designing music education curriculum has made the NBSO a leader in educational programming. Now in her seventh season with the NBSO, she continues to create innovative programming that connects classical music to our South Coast children’s lives and to encourage learning by exploring concepts that are authentically shared between classical music, the arts, and academics. In 2016, her “Gravity in Space and Sound” curriculum for the Learning in Concert program received the Excellence in Education Award from the Goldin Foundation. In 2018, “The Orchestra as Ecosystem” curriculum received the Massachusetts Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

Ms. Wolkowicz received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She has presented at numerous national conferences on concept-based arts integration including the 2017 National Science Teachers Association, the 2013 and 2017 League of American Orchestra’s Conference, the 2016 Association of Zoos and Aquariums National Conference, the 2016 Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference and other local and state STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) conferences. She has written articles about the Learning in Concert model and concept-based arts integration in the Music Educators Journal, the AZA’s Connect Magazine, Eastman School of Music Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, and Musicovation. In 2014, Terry was chosen as a Myra Kraft Community MVP Award winner by the New England Patriots Foundation, and was named the 2013 New Bedford Woman of the Year. She currently serves on the League of American Orchestras’ Education and Community Engagement Committee.

Your donations make possible our innovative educational programs.

Our educational programs serve over 25,000 children a year, and we are recognized nationally for our innovative approach and high impact. We all know of the documented benefits of children learning music, and we firmly believe that by introducing classical music to a new generation of students through our programs, we are helping them to make critical connections between music and their everyday lives, making their NBSO experience enriching on multiple levels.

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