Each spring, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders take over Powell Hall for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Link Up concerts.
The students participate in the concerts. They play recorders and violins along with the orchestra. The students also sing and dance.
The concerts are the pay off for months of hard work that starts each fall in greater St. Louis area elementary schools.
According to 5th grade Hazelwood student Jaylah Burton, the program offers her a way to connect with her parents.
“My mom and my dad played instruments,” she said. “I wanted to play an instrument too.”
Link Up provides music educators with specialized curriculum that prepares students for the concerts.
“Studies have shown that kids that play instruments do better on tests and succeed in life,” Hazelwood Orchestra Teacher Kimberley Jackson said. “This program is very beneficial for their development.”
The curriculum comes from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.
The help from the SLSO and the curriculum is free.
The SLSO is searching for more schools in the region to Link Up with this school year.
For more information click here.