UMO organises concerts and workshops for schoolchildren and students, from daycare up to upper secondary school. Focusing on music education aspects, the concerts are designed to introduce children and adolescents to the concept of a big band and the music that has been written for that ensemble for almost a century now. School visits also introduce young audience members to concert attendance practices and customs while supporting music teachers at schools in teaching the history of jazz, which is part of the curriculum.
The UMO school visits are headed by sax player Teemu Salminen. A typical school visit week begins in the classroom, with Salminen introducing the pupils to the history of UMO and how the orchestra operates. He also describes the sections and instruments of a big band and introduces the pupils to improvisation. A seven-piece band of UMO members performs arrangements by Salminen emulating the sound of a big band. At the end of the school visit week, UMO gives a concert at full strength for the entire school, performing traditional big band works that the pupils are unlikely to hear anywhere else. “The idea is to let them know that all this great music is out there and to provide them with the experience of hearing it performed live,” says Salminen.
UMO is available for school visits in the Greater Helsinki area by agreement, and elsewhere in the country too when on tour. Visits are customised to the needs of the hosts and are free of charge, although the hosts are welcome to make a voluntary donation towards the orchestra’s expenses.
Further information and inquiries:
Managing Director Eeva Pirkkala
tel.+358 40 743 7141