STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Symphony has always been about reaching into its neighboring communities and appealing to people of all ages. And that means offering incentives for children.
The following are some fun facts you may not know about getting your kids involved in music.
- Kids Go Free: Children under 18 are welcome to Sunday afternoon concerts with the Stamford Symphony free of charge with an accompanying adult.
- Listen and Learn: This free interactive workshop demystifies the concert experience. Taught by a leading music educator, children learn how to listen and understand the music. MusiKids, as it's called, is held Sundays at 2 p.m., pre-concert.
- Help Your School, Help the Arts: This fundraising enrichment program allows schools to sell Sunday concert tickets within their school community. All proceeds from ticket sales help fund arts programs at each participating school.
- Move at the Museum: A partnership between the Stamford Symphony and Stepping Stones in Norwalk is geared to children under 10, and offers a variety of programs, including an exploration into musical instrument families where kids can hear, touch and learn about them as well as attend mini-interactive concerts focused for young children.
- Take a Class: Ongoing mentoring partnership with the HARTT School of Music in West Hartford includes Masterclass opportunities with world-renowned musicians as well as training for exceptional students who receive the opportunity to learn by performing with the orchestra.
- Get a Historical Perspective: Stamford Symphony works hand-in-hand with fourth and fifth grade music teachers in the Stamford Public School system to prepare children for a concert that focuses on their American history curriculum. Selected Stamford high school students receive the opportunity to sit side-by-side with professional musicians and high school choristers also perform at this event.
Link Up: Got a third grader in the Stamford Public School District? The Stamford Symphony recently announced the acquisition of a grant to implement Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute’s (WMI) Link Up program to all Stamford public school third graders. Approximately 1,350 students are participating in a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum about orchestral repertoire with a show March 18 at Westhill High School.
Be on the lookout for upcoming concerts. Go to www.stamfordsymphony.org/ or call the box office at 203-325-4466.
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