Western Kansas String Academy introduces 'Meet the Orchestra' for pre-schoolers

Four- to 5-year-olds will have the opportunity to explore the world of orchestras beginning Sept. 27, 2008, when the Western Kansas String Academy will begin offering a pre-school music exploration class.

"Meet the Orchestra," an eight-week class, will be presented in two Saturday morning sessions, one from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for returning music exploration students and one from 11:15 to noon for new students. The deadline for registration is Sept. 20, 2008. The enrollment fee is $55.

Instructor Karen Rigler, a former classroom music teacher and current private instructor, will lead the students through hands-on activities and introduce them to basic music concepts such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, tone-color, musical styles and beginning music notation.

Participants will also learn about the brass, string, wind and percussion families. The class limit of 12 students will allow everyone a chance to take part in the games, singing, drumming, movement and listening activities.

“There is so much to be gained in instilling value upon music and the arts at a young age," said Rigler. "Music is a life-long journey that can take you so many places.”

She said that Western Kansas String Academy classes for the pre-school age demonstrate “a dedication and love of music that can only affect our community in a very positive way.”

Through "Meet the Orchestra," the Western Kansas String Academy hopes to make music and instruments accessible to students of all ages.

The Western Kansas String Academy will also continue to offer classes and orchestra opportunities for students from kindergarten and up in violin, viola and cello as well as offering guitar lessons for second grade and up.
For more information about "Meet the Orchestra" or any other WKSA programs, please contact Executive Director Cathy Drabkin at 628-5363 or e-mail cadrabkin@fhsu.edu.

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