Children learn a lot about animals when interacting with them at a petting zoo, so can the same be accomplished with musical instruments? Sarah Ruddy, Director of Education & Outreach at the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, thinks the answer is yes. Kids enter a room full of “zookeepers” to introduce children to the cellos, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones. Who knows if the child will be inspired to be the next Louis Armstrong or Sabine Meyer? The kids would receive a quick overview of the instrument, and the vibrations they hear and create. Kids have so much fun with the instruments, and they are encouraged to make sounds and get creative! The Instrument Petting Zoos have been a big hit in a broad range of educational programs, serving the youngest population of kids.
Upcoming August Dates:
Ypsilanti: Depot Town Market – August 1
Wayne Farmers Market – August 19
Brighton Farmers Market – August 22
Ypsilanti: Downtown Market – August 25
South Lyon Farmers Market – August 29
Ann Arbor Farmers Market – October 3