Concerts for children play an essential part in audience development for new music

A lot of contemporary music is humorous and actually a lot of fun – even for young children to listen to. But how can we involve children in contemporary concerts?

You cannot put 4-year-olds into a concert hall and expect them to be quiet. Let alone to listen. Or clap. Many contemporary music ensembles are experimenting with special children's concerts where the music meets the children at eye-level. This can be by encouraging the children to play or draw while the music plays. Or by inviting the children to play along.

Exposing children to contemporary music is a core task for contemporary ensembles, for no one else is going to introduce them to it. Only by a targeted effort to address the small audience can contemporary music expect to have any audience in the future. But it has to take place in the children's own universe, and how do you do that best? And what pieces of music work? NewAud has tried to find answers to these questions.