Guest Blog by Rosslyn Elliott, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS)
June 20, 2018
Talented young musicians are inspiring kids throughout the library system with live music as well as a chance to put hands on musical instruments and even play the violin. This free interactive music lesson with members of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will take place throughout June and July at many branches of the Central Arkansas Library System as part of the CALS Summer Reading Club, “Libraries Rock!”
Inspiring young adults teach music that kids can touch and feel
Three young adults from the ASYO gave a brief performance and talk about orchestral instruments to a family audience that filled the room at the Thompson Library. Their presentation was stellar, both in performance quality and in the poise and effectiveness of these young music educators.
When Taylor Johns played the famous opening clarinet riff from “Rhapsody in Blue,” a thrilling spiral into the stratosphere, all listening adults could tell within seconds that this young man is an accomplished musician. But what excited the kids even more was the chance to touch the shiny saxophone, flute, trombone and trumpet. The young adults from the Symphony Youth Orchestra gently supervised the hands-on session and answered questions.
Any music lover would have cheered at the sight of a crowd of excited elementary schoolers lining up to play the violin. Parents were impressed by the opportunity and the nonstop engagement of their children. “This is a nice function,” said one father, Sharmilan Thanendrarajan, with admiration.