Presenting musical prowess at ‘Petting Zoo’

Presenting musical prowess at ‘Petting Zoo’ photo

Springtime is a musical time in our schools and an opportunity for high school students to share their talents and instruments with elementary students.

The annual Instrument Petting Zoo was recently held at the elementary school, where members of the high school instrumental ensembles gave third-grade students a chance to get an up-close look at the instruments of the band and orchestra.

Under the direction of band teacher Christine Creighton, the high school students came well-prepared and encouraged the younger ones to ask questions about how the instruments work as they performed. For many of the younger students, this was a chance to experience the excitement of holding the instruments correctly, some of them for the first time.

The third-graders had a worksheet to indicate their top three choices and in the coming weeks will select the instrument they would like to begin learning in the fall.

Elementary band teacher Mark Abbonizio even got the kindergarten students involved in the festive event. While some listened attentively to the music and high school students’ instruction, several of them helped hold the signage at each station that introduced the instrument.