North Carolina Symphony Offers Children Free Music Education

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Photos courtesy of North Carolina Symphony
Children try a flute (above) and (trumpet) below at North Carolina Symphony "Instrument Zoo" event.

Making music is not only fun for children, but research has shown that music education supports their learning in other areas, including speech and reading. This October, Triangle parents can offer the gift of music to children as the North Carolina Symphony kicks off its inaugural Education Partners Month. The effort is the symphony’s way of thanking its school and community collaborators across North Carolina for prioritizing music education.

Ticketholders to North Carolina Symphony concerts can attend pre-concert student performances as well as these two events designed specifically for families.

Instrument Zoo
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
Marbles Kids Museum

Children of all ages are invited to try out the instruments of the orchestra at Marbles Kids Museum. Four times each year, North Carolina Symphony musicians and volunteers take the Instrument Zoo to Marbles Kids Museum for visitors to enjoy. The Brio String Quartet, a North Carolina Chamber Music Institute student ensemble, will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. The Instrument Zoo is free with Marbles Kids Museum admission.

Music Discovery Preschool Program
10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 17
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

Preschoolers and their families enjoy a morning of string quartet music, storytelling and hands-on learning at the Instrument Zoo with North Carolina Symphony musicians. The symphony's Music Discovery Preschool Program is part of PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative and is presented in collaboration with libraries, museums and Head Start programs across the state. The performance is free and open to the public.

Find the most up-to-date information about the North Carolina Symphony’s Education Partners Month at


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