Delaware Arts and Entertainment Education: Newark Symphony Orchestra ProjectMUSIC, University of Delaware music department, Independence School

The symphony works to educate young students as both performers and as audience members. It does that in part through ProjectMUSIC, a collaboration with the UD music department to perform in schools, as well as the annual free family concert at Independence School each April (Mozart’s Choice Symphony on April 22 this year). In its third year, the concert is a short program narrated by local storytellers Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine followed by an instrument petting zoo. ”Music is so intricate, it just keeps your mind so sharp,” says board member Kathleen Chapmond, a member of the education committee. “For kids, it’s just so integral for development, so we focus on getting the kids in elementary school.” Even learning a recorder at 3 or 4 is a wonderful start, and playing music in groups creates unique opportunities for socialization. “When you become proficient at an instrument, you have so much pride and joy to share it. You carry that into your adulthood. It’s a lifelong journey.” Anyone, young or old, is welcome to “try out” the symphony as a player. Newark, 369-3466,

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