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3rd Grade Montgomery Students Visit the Sacramento Philharmonic

DSOMA sponsors Montgomery 3rd graders in LinkUp, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, which pairs orchestras around the globe with students in US grades 3-5 (aged 8-ll) at local schools to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum and interactive concert experience.

3rd Grade Montgomery Students Visit the Sacramento Philharmonic

Sacramento Field Trip for Link Up

DSOMA sponsors Montgomery 3rd graders in LinkUp, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, which pairs orchestras around the globe with students in US grades 3-5 (aged 8-ll) at local schools to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum and interactive concert experience. Below is Lydia Cooley's report on the students' field trip to Sacramento.

 


 

Dear DSOMA members,

I’m so grateful for your involvement in elementary music. This year we had a new addition - a feeder to our Strings classes - 3rd grade general music and recorders. You have graciously provided us with means to attend a Carnegie Hall inspired Link Up performance with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera. Students sang, moved and played their recorders along with the professional musicians. Our Montgomery 3rd grade students were able to share this moment with a parent who came and sat next to them during the performance. I think it’s another great way DSOMA serves our kids by building strong connections between children and parents and keeping the family involved in school. I believe it’s the only way to build a strong community. Thank you again! 

In summary, on April 27th with DSOMA’s help the whole 3rd grade class from MME plus their parents, teachers and para-educators loaded 3 buses and headed to Sacramento Community Theater. Students had an opportunity to learn about instruments and their families, melody and how it works in folk songs and instrumental arrangements, singing and conducting. They sang, played their recorders and moved to the rehearsed repertoire. Then beaming with pride walked to the park outside the Capitol for picnic lunch. When they came back to school there was so much pride in their accomplishments that day. Not one student complained that they missed their recess. (That alone is big!)

Last Thursday we sat down to process the performance and the students composed the following notes:

Dear DSOMA, 

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to go to Sacramento Symphony Hall!

My favorite instrument was harp! 

I enjoyed playing the recorder!

My favorite part of the field trip was sitting up high in the audience!

I like that we saw all of the instruments of the orchestra.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play the recorder, sing and dance with professionals!

I loved dancing and singing to “Oye!”

Let’s do this again - I liked performing!

My favorite part was the picnic! 

I loved everything!

My mom was moving to music!

I enjoyed playing with the orchestra!

My favorite was Ode to Joy, Bought Me a Cat, “Oye!”, Firebird, Simple Gifts and the New World Symphony.

I wish we did each song more than once.

Thank you for letting us come!

I liked listening to Classical music!

Thank you DSOMA! I told my whole family about this!

(This one is my favorite): I learned to hear symphony. It was fun! 

 

As you can see you have a lot of very grateful children. :) And I am so appreciative of your generosity as an organization, your involvement as parents, Grace being proactive and organized (I wish I had her skills), Laurie coming out and taking care of bus issues even the morning of the performance! 

 

Thank you for all you do!

Musically yours,

Lydia Cooley

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