VSO SymphonyKids Visits Fletcher Elementary

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

Indicator of Success – Learning outcomes will be expanded to encourage curiosity, communication, and digital citizenry.

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This morning students at Fletcher Elementary School were treated to the beautiful sounds of brass instruments as three members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra visited the school. The program they presented was called “Fanfare” and taught students about three brass instruments: the French Horn, the Trumpet, and the Trombone.

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The goal of the program is to expose our students to the joy of listening and playing music. VSO’s core outreach program – Musicians-in-the-Schools – is designed to include a wide variety of repertoire, audience participation, and a touch of “zany humor”. The students definitely enjoyed that! The children also got to hear the different range of sounds that can be made with each instrument and learned about the evolution of brass instruments throughout history and their uses.

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Thank you to FES Music Teacher Christy Maynard for bringing the program to the school and thanks also to our generous sponsors: the Turrell Fund and Friends of Fletcher Elementary (FOFE), our parent organization.

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Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed several musical pieces, including the theme to “Star Wars” – certainly a favorite! There were some insightful questions for the musicians at the end of the performance.

What a great way to start a Friday morning!

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