Artist Educator

barbara mckenzie

Resident Artist, Chamber Music Wilmington and The American Music Festival 1994-present
Created and implemented a number of arts integrated curriculums and study units for several county school systems in NC. Highlights include:

The Music in Poetry 2010-2011
Created an arts integrated project that brings poetry alive through music and composition, comparing the elements common to both art forms for fourth grade students at the newly assigned A+ School, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design in Wilmington, NC. Implemented 2010-2011. Funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Landfall Foundation.

Papa Haydn: The Boy Who Sang For His Supper 2008-2010
Created, authored and performed Papa Haydn: The Boy Who Sang For His Supper, an original, one actor musical play for third grade. Premiered in NC public elementary schools, 2009. Funded by the NC Arts Council.

“Classical music should always be introduced to children like Barbara McKenzie’s, “Papa Haydn”. They were enthralled with the program she, as Mr. Josef Haydn, presented today at the Beaufort Library. The program was very well balanced with interactive play and just the right amount of piano selections. Ms. McKenzie held their attention throughout the presentation in a warm and charming manner. Thank you for coming and sharing this with our students.”
Carteret County Library, Beaufort, NC

barbara mckenzie pianoEndangered: The Voice of the Whale
Performed Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for flute, piano and cello with flutist Elizabeth Ransom and cellist Emanuel Gruber for fifth grade students in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Collaborated with the NC Aquarium, teachers and the UNCW Watson School of Education elementary school advisors to develop an arts integrated curriculum for the environmental/marine life study unit. Funded by a grant from the Harry Chapin Foundation.

Quartet for the End of Time
Messiaen’s twentieth century masterpiece was integrated with an eighth grade study of WWII and the Holocaust; collaborated with the Virgo Middle School eighth grade teachers, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Court TV. Funded by an Arts in Education Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Appalachian Spring
Created a curriculum to perform and incorporate the original chamber version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring into the New Hanover County fifth grade studies to enrich the NC Standard Course of Study on Appalachian Folk Music and History for fifth grade. Funded by the NC Arts Council and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.