Our passion for music has taken us on many adventures over the past few years. Music has the ability to teach so much more than music itself. It has taught us about people, places and ideas. It has inspired us. It has opened our minds. It has motivated us to action. All these extra benefits are in addition to the basics. Music is good for our minds and our bodies. It involves reading, math, science, creativity and emotion. We have not delved into the world of formal music instruction with our children yet, but we do take every opportunity for them to learn as much as possible about the magic of music.
One such opportunity was at the Kennett Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert and Instrument Zoo at West Chester University last winter. Tickets to this concert included a short concert and the opportunity to try every instruments in the orchestra and cost only $5 each! The concert was a great length for young children and involved some popular pieces including a Star Wars selection. There was also a performance by a children’s choir. It was a casual atmosphere, but a perfect place to practice performance etiquette with the little ones.
While the concert was enjoyable, the really cool part of the event was the Instrument Zoo. Immediately following the performance, all children were invited to see, touch and play all the instruments in the orchestra! Instruments were set up at stations around the auditorium and children waited at each station for a turn.
The children were thrilled to get their hands on violins, an upright bass, drums and all the other instruments of the orchestra. They were also able to get their mouths on things like trumpets and saxophones. Though the mouthpieces were wiped with sanitizing wipes in between each child, that part did make my germaphobic skin crawl a little. (A lot) (I might be gagging now just thinking about it) BUT, I resisted the urge to rip them away from the horn section because I saw what an amazing opportunity it was to explore instruments they had only seen from afar before this concert.
After the concert, there were opportunities for exploring the university campus and checking out West Chester itself.
I would highly recommend this very affordable event to families. It is educational and fun for all and could be the inspiration a little musician needs to follow his or her musical dreams in the future!
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