Major Classics for Minors
Learning how to play the violin.”I liked the cello because I could feel it in my belly.” -Student, Woodside Elementary School, Sussex
“I liked how some of the instruments went really high. They were so cool!” -Student, Orchard Lane Elementary School, New Berlin
Designed for elementary age students in Kindergarten through the sixth grade, Major Classics for Minors offers two types of educational presentations: an interactive hands on Instrument Petting Zoo and an assembly style presentation that reaches a large number of students all at once. Both programs are offered free of charge but require a simple Request Form to be submitted to the Wisconsin Philharmonic.
The Instrument Petting Zoo is conducted in a classroom setting and includes a demonstration of string instruments. An impressive solo performance by a professional musician delights students of all ages. The interactive hands-on opportunity for students to physically hold and try a wide variety of instruments brings smiles and excitement to the classroom. Our Instrument Petting Zoos have inspired numerous students to begin music lessons and enroll in their school’s band or orchestra program.
Behind the Scenes with the Wisconsin Philharmonic
Scheduled in coordination with our annual family concert, this assembly style presentation will take students behind the scenes of the Wisconsin Philharmonic. A Wisconsin Philharmonic musician will give a short solo performance, which often results in first-time exposure to live classical music. Occasionally the musician will preview the upcoming family concert with musical excerpts. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session. Whether for a small classroom, large school assembly or in coordination with a school’s Career Day, this presentation entertains and delights both students and school faculty.
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” – Gerald Ford
“In a time when students are overloaded with expectations and requirements, it is essential that they are allowed time to slow down and experience the beauty that music can bring to their lives…” -Theresa Witt, Music Teacher, Shady Lane Elementary School, Menomonee Falls
“…we felt the students were actively participating because of how interactive you were in your communication with them.” -Terri Maynard, St. Mary’s Elementary School, Waukesha