Founded by the Tetra String Quartet, Play Out! is a musical service initiative that brings free performances and educational opportunities to underserved communities in Arizona. Tetra's live concerts and workshops serve as an opening to create lasting relationships with members of the community and share the transformative power of music. By providing this platform for conversation and connection, Play Out! champions the belief that access to the arts is an essential human right.
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Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, these free Azure events are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges.
Since many with autism (or related challenges) cannot attend traditional music performances due to uncontrollable vocalizations or physical movements, the Tetra String Quartet felt a real need to create a musical environment whereby not only are such behaviors not frowned upon, but accepted and embraced. All performances are generously hosted by the Tempe History Museum!
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Phoenix Veterans Hospital
Tetra began their collaboration with the Phoenix VA Hospital's Community Living Center in 2015. By performing for patients several times a year, their mission is to create lasting relationships and enhance quality of life through music.
“The Tetra String Quartet is a fabulous group of motivated individuals that is able to communicate through their music and instruments- enthusiasm, love and honor to our veterans in the Community Living Center at the Phoenix VA. We are grateful and the veterans anxiously await their performances!”
— Rosalind O'Neil, Recreational Therapist
Maricopa Juvenile Detention Centers
In 2015, Tetra started performing free programs twice a year for young people at the Mesa and Phoenix Detention Centers. They designed assembly programs based on the “Kids at Hope” curriculum (a program intended to reverse the "kids at risk" paradigm, which focuses on a child's potential negative behavior, by instead drawing attention to a child's talents and potential for success and their value to society). Tetra uses chamber music as a vehicle to teach students how to improve their verbal and physical communication skills, how to be aware of their role in their family/school/community, how to be creative and imaginative, and how to be more personally responsible for their actions.
In 2016, Tetra performed their first educational assembly for girls at Florence Crittenton. The quartet performed a program based on the Maricopa Juvenile Detention Center’s “Kids at Hope” philosophy described above. During Tetra's 2017-2018 season, this program will expand to include multiple-day workshops that enhance this curriculum through song-writing.