Georgia Elementary Students Toot Their Horns!

Target 4: Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate,innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step: Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.


Third and fourth grade students at the Georgia Elementary School recently participated in a Musical Petting Zoo. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) SymphonyKids educational outreach program arrived on scene and provided a wide array of opportunities for students to play and hear the different sounds of instruments.


“Zookeeper”, Rebecca Kopycinski, brought a variety of orchestral instruments to the school and allowed students to participate in a “hands-on” experience.


After an explanation and demonstration of each instrument, the children got a chance to play on their own, under the supervision of volunteer “handlers.”




Georgia Elementary School Music Teacher, Jessica Sweeney, stated “all students had a BLAST!” Based on the bright smiles on the faces of the students as they tested different musical instruments and sounds, the students did indeed enjoy the chance to toot their horns.

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For these elementary students, the musical petting zoo experience was a big success!

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