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Caprock Early Music Association: Educational Outreach

CEMA's Educational Activities

Educational outreach is an important part of the mission of Caprock Early Music Association. We have offered or co-sponsored school presentations, workshops, public lectures, and informal "reading and playing" sessions.

We also enjoy partnering with other organizations, both non-profit and otherwise, as the pooling of resources can be very beneficial for all parties. In the coming year, we are looking forward to developing more school presentations and educational materials in partnership with university students from the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum.

On this page, you'll find some examples of some of CEMA's different educational activities.

School Presentations


School presentations generally take the form of entertaining and accessible music history mini-lessons with live music, and are often done in partnership with university students from the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum. They can be particularly effective for use during the medieval and Renaissance study units that take place each year in Texas elementary schools, but they can also be arranged for middle- and secondary-level students. These events can also incorporate early instrument demonstrations. The photo above was taken at a Lubbock-area elementary school.

Historical Performance / Historical Instrument Workshops


One of CEMA's goals is to make it possible for top performers in the field of early music to give masterclasses and workshops in Lubbock and West Texas. This is most easily accomplished with a co-sponsorship or grant. Photo: Wendy Gillespie, Chair of the Early Music Institute at  Indiana University, conducts a workshop for players of the renaissance instrument called the viola da gamba. The event was a co-sponsorship between CEMA and the TTU School of Music.

Public Talks and Lecture-demonstrations


Learn about historical instruments and early music with an entertaining public talk or lecture-demonstration for your club, event, organization, church group, youth group, or senior care / assisted living facility. Pictured above: visiting guest artists Mason Brown and Chipper Thompson demonstrate an unconventional use of the 17th-century pardessus de viol as a melody instrument in the performance of Anglo-Celtic traditional music.

Music for a Special School Event


Having a medieval or Renaissance banquet? Music can be a nice addition to that, and the students get a mini-music history lesson just by listening to the music and instruments of the actual historical period. (use of costumes subject to availability.)

"Reading" Sessions


For amateur and professional musicians alike, CEMA's informal "reading and playing sessions," usually held at someone's home, are opportunities to read through early music repertoire together in a fun, low-stress environment. These events will be posted on the website in advance, and we suggest that you call first so we know how many people to expect! CEMA's informal reading and playing sessions were instituted by Liz Ronan, who founded CEMA, and until Liz moved away they were a regular Thursday night event for a number of early music aficionados in Lubbock. We'd love to get them going again! Would you like to host one??


Suggested Donations, Fees, etc.

The suggested donation levels for our educational activities are dependent upon each individual situation.

In the case of a workshop, there is likely to be an individual fee for participants (unless the workshop is being completely funded by a grant, an individual, or some other outside source.)

Our public school presentations are done as a service to the community; however, CEMA would very much appreciate a donation or honorarium in return, so that we may continue to maintain our activities.

Educational materials (CDs, booklets, videos, or other items) will be offered at a reasonable "educator's" price.

Hosts of the "reading and playing" sessions may request a donation to cover the cost of furnishing everyone with music, or a small donation toward group refreshments.