Trumpets, violins, flutes, drums and a funny guy waving his arms around are just a few of the characters children will get to meet in the "Meet the Orchestra" pre-school music class offered this fall through the Fort Hays State University Western Kansas String Academy.
Four- and five-year-olds will be introduced to basic concepts such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm and tone-color as they learn about the four families of orchestra instruments and the orchestra's leader, the conductor.
"We've been wanting to do this for a while," said Cathy Drabkin, WKSA executive director. "Music is such a wonderful way for kids to express themselves and experience the world around them -- and musical instruments are fascinating to kids this age. It'll be a fun exploration for the kids, but we also hope to be planting the seeds for future musicians."
Age-appropriate discovery through games, singing and movement will be led by JoAnn Jordan, the class instructor. Jordan has a degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas. She taught music at St. Mary Elementary School in Ellis and has led a variety of pre-school music classes through the Hays Recreation Commission.
The 10-week class costs $60. Sessions will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus. The first session will be Sept.15. The registration deadline is Sept. 7. For more information or a registration form, contact Drabkin at (785) 623-4187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.