Long Beach Symphony announces Virtual Music Education Programs

Long Beach Symphony proudly announces a new series of virtual music education programs that is available on its website (LongBeachSymphony.org/virtual-music-education-week) and is free for everyone in the community! The week-long series runs from June 23 – June 27, with programs taking place daily at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, and 5 PM for approximately 15 minutes.

Over the course of the week, participants will learn about the families of instruments in the orchestra; each session will feature Virtual Instrument Petting Zoo videos that introduce each of the instruments, provide craft activities, snack activities, and more. Tuesday is String day, Wednesday digs into Woodwinds, Thursday deals with Brass instruments and Friday with Percussion. The final session, on Saturday, June 27, focuses on the role of the conductor, with Q&A, a conducting lesson and a Virtual Sing-A-Long! To extend the learning, each session includes related craft and snack activities that kids, and families can do on their own.

One involved parent describes music education as a “power tool.” Lisa Diaz, whose daughter has played cello in the All-District Honors Orchestra for the past four years, recounted her daughter’s first encounter with the instrument: “I am not musically inclined”, she said, “but when my daughter was six years old (in 2012), I took her to a free Long Beach Symphony performance at the Public Library. Her face lit up when she heard the Symphony’s principal cellist, Cécilia Tsan, play The Swan. Cécilia reached out to her, and the rest is history.”

When asked what advice she has for other parents, Ms. Diaz suggests that parents expose their children to music as early as possible in order to see whether the child shows interest.

“Music has built my daughter’s confidence; it’s an outlet for emotions, it helps kids identify ways to express themselves.”

“It’s a universal language,” added her daughter.

The Symphony is grateful to Jewel Box Children’s Theater for putting together the Virtual Sing-A-Long featuring the song Long Beach by the Sea, sung in 2-part harmony and available for listening at LongBeachSymphony.org/singalong. The community is invited to learn one of the parts, record a video of themselves singing it, and submit it for inclusion in the final program video on June27. Deadline for participation is midnight on Monday, June 22. Fun and creativity are encouraged!

“The Symphony was disappointed that COVID-19 forced cancellation of our RuMBa Foundation Family Concert that was scheduled for May 31,” explained President Kelly Lucera, “so we put our heads together with a few of our partners to bring some similar activities to our community online.” “This would have been our 3rd annual Family Concert, and we didn’t want to let a year go by without giving families the musical togetherness experience they’ve come to expect and enjoy. We’ll be back next year!”

This series of virtual music educations programs was put together by Long Beach Symphony with assistance from LBUSD Curriculum Leader, Jim Petri, LBUSD Music Teachers (listed below), and video assistance from CSULB alumni. The program content is in alignment with LBUSD’s learning curriculum, but is available to everyone!

LBUSD Music Teachers Participating in the Instrument Petting Zoo Videos

  • Alicia Carmona – violin
  • Amber Arnold – viola
  • Eric Messerschmidt – bass
  • Stephanie Iorga – harp
  • Soli Jones – oboe
  • Stephanie Kropp – clarinet
  • Jeffrey Wasik – bassoon
  • Veronica Lucio – flute
  • Rachel Spidell – French horn
  • Tom Terrell – trumpet
  • Ron Scipio – trombone and tuba
  • Chris Stevens – percussion

For further information about this program, please visit our website: longbeachsymphony.org

ABOUT LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

Established in 1934, the Long Beach Symphony marks its 85th season in 2019–2020. Each year the Symphony draws loyal audiences to its six Classical concerts at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater and five POPS! concert events in the Long Beach Arena. It also presents a Family Concert, that is free for children under age 18, and4 student-only concerts. The Symphony has partnered with the Long Beach Unified School District for more than four decades, providing programs that enrich the education of more than 72,000 LBUSD students and teachers every year through comprehensive music education programs. For more information, please visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org.

This article was released by Long Beach Symphony.

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