BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Future Bengal instrumentalists were invited to the first annual ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’ as fourth graders and their parents had an opportunity to speak to local musicians and see and hear the instruments up close on Saturday, June 8 at Bloomfield High School.
With fifth grade on the horizon in September, these students received an early start on the road to selecting an instrument to play for their final two years in grammar school, and hopefully continue with in middle school and high school.
“A lot of the times when kids are picking their instruments, they fall in love with something without trying it and sometimes what they think might be their favorite isn’t the best fit for them,” said Suzanne Delonas, vocal music teacher at Demarest Elementary School.
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Children were able to explore various brass, orchestra, percussion and woodwind instruments with high school musicians leading one-on-one instruction.  The program enables the children to find the instrument that’s best for them individually prior to entering the fifth grade music program.
“By doing this program, the kids get to hold the instruments and try to make a sound and find something that really clicks so that when they are starting a lifetime journey on an instrument, they choose something that they can initially have success on and continue to have success on in the future,” Delonas added.