Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Offers Music Education Spotlight

With 2013 drawing to a close, the A2SO thanks you for contributing to 85 Years of Excellence. We want to show you a bit more about some of what goes on the other 350 days a year. Each year, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra reaches thousands of area students through our In-School programs. Through Instrument Petting Zoos, Classroom Concertsand Conductor visits, children of all ages experience orchestral music at their schools.

Thanks to a grant from the Graef Foundation, the Ann Arbor Symphony has added a collection Woodwind and Brass Instruments to our NovoDynamics-sponsored Instrument Petting Zoo. These instruments were debuted at the family-friendly activities preceding the Beethoven Lives Upstairs Family Concert last month. Thousands of young children will get a chance to play them as they travel to over twenty schools and daycares this school year.

After a recent Instrument Petting Zoo at a school in Saline, one teacher wrote that "the experience that the A2 Symphony offered to us was delightful. It was perfect for our preschool children. The brief description of the violin and cello, the coloring pages, taking the time to position the instrument was wonderful! One of my 4-year-old boys proclaimed that he wanted to have a violin for Christmas." The Ann Arbor Symphony's String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintet will give scores of Classroom Concerts in area schools in the coming months. In December, they performed for students in Dexter, Novi, Northville and Clawson. During these concerts, musicians engage the students in a lively presentation about how their instruments work and what to listen for in the music they perform. Kids go crazy for trumpeter Becky Gawron's demonstration of all the different types of brass mutes!




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