The Rio Hondo Symphony Association cares deeply about children in our communities. Our concerts welcome family participation and celebrate their attendance. The Music Enrichment Programs, held at school sites, develop interest in instruments. In these programs, Elizabeth Lauritsen presents stringed instrument lessons to 3rd grade students, Laura Stone presents woodwind lessons to 4th grade students, and Norman Majors presents brass instrument lessons to 5th grade students. Each student receives information about the Rio Hondo Symphony's concert schedule and encouragement to attend.
Really Cool Music Books Given to Schools
The American Association of University Women, Whittier Chapter, has generously donated for each school who participates in the Rio Hondo Symphony Association's Music Enrichment program a copy of Lemony Snicket's new book, The Composer is Dead!, which introduces children to the sections of the orchestra through a mystery plot. A CD of the author reading the book, complete with orchestral sound effects, accompanies the book. Upper elementary students are thrilled to hear the actual voice of Lemony Snicket-- he's a great reader. Music for the book was composed by Nathaniel Stookey.
Can You Hear It?
"Peter and the Wolf" Children's Concert Materials
The Composer is Dead! Materials
- Composer is Dead Teacher Letter
- Composer Idioms
- Composer Idioms, Answers
- Composer Logic Puzzle
- Composer Logic Puzzle, Answer
- Composer Vocabulary
- Composer Vocabulary, Answers
- Orchestral Families
- Orchestral Families, Answers
Additional Educational Materials
Teachers, Wendy Velasco has provided a booklet to construct with your students to help them learn about string instruments. Simply download the booklet here and have fun!
For the 2009 Teacher Handout Document please click here.