A representative from the Whittier Regional Symphony organization visited McKibben Elementary on September 5th and 6th to teach students about the symphony and all of it’s instruments.
Students in 3rd and 4th grade were able to participate in the Whittier Regional Symphony assembly. Elizabeth Lauritsen, from the organization, brought a bass and viola. She played both the instruments for students and explained each key part of the instrument and it’s importance.
Lauritsen also taught students about the famous movie composer, John Williams. She played some of his biggest blockbusters that students would recognize like Jurassic Park, Jaws, Home Alone, Star Wars, E.T., and many others.
She then got the students involved and helped several of them play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had A Little Lamb on the viola. All students then got to participate in learning how to conduct. Lauritsen showed them the proper arm movements of a conductor and how to count music correctly to lead a symphony of musicians.
At the end of the assembly students were given a flyer that invited them to see the Whittier Regional Symphony play for free on select Sundays during their upcoming 2018-2019 season at Whittier High School.
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