This Saturday Huntsville families have the rare opportunity to treat themselves to the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Free Family Concert.
This concert is appropriate for all ages – it lasts approximately one hour so it is a great way to introduce young people to the instruments and music of a symphony, while still allowing the seasoned symphony-goer to enjoy great music.
Julie Noles, Director of Education at HSO, thinks exposing children to classical music at an early age is important.
Julie has several suggestion how local parents can instill a love of music in their children:”According to a study from the Institute of Education, (IoE), University of London, playing classical music to children boosts their concentration and self-discipline, according to the study. It improves their general listening and social skills. Children exposed to the works of Beethoven and Mozart, for example, are more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years. Another study found that musicians have sharper minds and are less likely to suffer a mental decline. Mastering instruments such as the piano, flute or violin improves people’s ability to pick up mistakes and fix them quickly.”
- Listen to classical music together, explore different composers
- Attend concerts or recitals in your local area.
- Explore different instruments and music through Opus Tadpole, music lessons or even through a dance class where children are able to dance to good classical music.
- Create opportunities for children to have fun conversations with musicians, music teachers, college music majors.
During the pre-concert activities on Saturday, February 7th beginning at 9:30am, the children will get to explore an “instrument petting zoo”. There they are able to see and to try different instruments that they might see on stage. Several musicians will also be helping with the activities so look specifically for Musical Chairs, the Conducting station and don’t forget to also “Meet the Conductor”.
HSO offers several other programs for aspiring young musicians. The Symphony School of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra offers small group and private violin lessons as well as private cello lessons. They even have 4 levels of classes for adults. The Symphony School regularly holds Master Classes with guest artists for the Classical Concert Series, and has an annual Violin Summer Camp with Burritt on the Mountain.
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Free Family Concert
Date & Time: Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 AM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
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