It was pretty noisy yesterday at Meridian Community College. Students were testing out a few instruments.
“It’s Symphony Fun Fest, one of the symphony’s biggest events. It’s a great introduction to the symphony,” said Julyn Shirley, who’s interning with Meridian Symphony Orchestra this summer.
Students ages 4 to 19 years old spent a day learning from the masters.
“We have band directors. We have some people that live in Nashville that came down to teach the strings. We also have a few music students from the University of Southern Mississippi,” said Caleb Landrum, who’s also interning this summer.
During the program, students learned about the four instrument families in the symphony.
“We have the woodwinds, which are the flute, clarinet, oboes, and bassoons. We have the brass, which are trombones, French horns, trumpets, and percussion. We have the strings as well, which are the violin, the cello,” said Landrum.
“We’re also going to have a ‘make-your-instrument’ so the kids can understand just how special it is to be a musician,” said Shirley.
Landrum, a music education major at Southern Miss, explained why music is important to a child’s learning.
“It promotes creativity and inspires creativity. If a kid is not creative, they’re not going to go on and do so many great things.”
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra is offering other music education programs this summer. Visit their website to find out more.