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Musical ‘Petting Zoo’ To Help PPS Students

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Musical ‘Petting Zoo’ To Help PPS Students
Posted on 02/06/2019
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Casco Bay High School senior Francesca Houran, a violinist with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, wants to make instrumental music more accessible and equitable for all students in the Portland Public Schools. To help do that, Francesca is hosting a musical instrument “petting zoo” event on Thursday, Feb. 7, designed to introduce PPS elementary and middle school students to a variety of musical instruments.

The free music workshop will run from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  at Mayo Street Arts, located at 10 Mayo Street in Portland. At the event, the culmination of Francesca’s senior learning expedition, advanced high-school musicians will set up an instrument "petting zoo" for students and their families to explore. The students can participate in a casual mini-lesson and learn more about any instrument of their choice. There also will be information on accessible and affordable lessons.

There will be stations in violin, cello, viola, guitar, drum kit, trumpet, hand drums, saxophone, banjo and more! The high school students also will elaborate on where music education has taken them.

“Some have toured all over the country with orchestras, others are in rock bands, and all have made amazing friendships through music,” Francesca said. “Learning an instrument boosts SAT scores, improves coordination, and creates everlasting connections between people within communities.”

Students and their families are invited to stop by at any time during the event!

To learn more, go to: http://mayostreetarts.org/?tribe_events=instrument-petting-zoo-for-kids