Glide on the Glissando of the Aquarium!

This week, we swam through the seas of the aquarium in “The Carnival of the Animals”. The Aquarium’s rippling waters are heard in the flutes and the soft strings. Their delicate and fast sounds bring the waves to our orchestra! Join us next week when we meet an animal with some very interesting ears!


Learn about winds with the soft sound of the Cuckoos!

This week, we are following the gentle footsteps of the cuckoo in “The Carnival of the Animals.” The cuckoo may be shy and only have two soft clarinet sounds, but they are a beautiful and important part of our animal orchestra. Join us next week to see who might be swimming by with their own unique sound!

Hear the boom of the Elephants!

Last week, we learned to march to the steady beat of the elephants’ double bass. Some of the creatures in “The Carnival of the Animals” have a frenzied dance, but we can always count on the elephants to stomp along to a strong drumbeat. Join us next time to find out what new animals and instruments also came to the carnival!


Spring Registration is now open! Join us for Carnival of the Animals! Register before February 23 to receive $75 off.

This spring Hands On! A Musical Experience presents The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Our Spring session runs from March 11, 2019 – June 8, 2019.

Our specially formatted curriculum combines story and song. Each week, children will be introduced to a new animal through its musical representation as expressed by Saint-Saëns. For example, favorite movement, the introduction of the elephant, is depicted by using the large double bass. The teacher, accompanied by a pianist, plays the elephant section while children are actively engaged, listening and imaging. Children are encouraged to touch the instrument, feeling the vibration of the double bass when played, and to pluck the strings themselves. They will also have small-scaled stringed instruments to play. Each week a new animal and instrument is added, so by the end of the session, a full symphony is created in the finale movement. In addition to this musical theme, Hands On! presents its core curriculum, which teaches musical concepts by using a children’s repertoire of lullabies, folk songs and nursery rhymes.

This original curriculum illustrates Hands On!’s mission of integrating theme with educational components in a way that initiates other learning such as the acquisition of language, auditory discrimination and social understanding. A great introduction into the world of music, join us this session for our age-appropriate music classes.

This week at Hands On!

This week at Hands On! we are on the letters I and J in “The ABC’s of Music”

We will meet the Indian ankle bells and the Indian Pungi and we will “improvise” on the saxophone! We will also meet the Juju shakers and the jaw harp, as well as learn about Jazz.  We’ll sing songs with words beginning with “I” and “J”, such as ice cream, inch worm, iguana, jumping rope, Jack, Johnny, Jill, and jellyfish!

Stay tuned to see what we learn next week!

Classical Music Saw a Boom in Listening Last Year

As the technological landscape continually expands, access to all types of music becomes easier and easier. Using streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, listeners can now stream any song in the world with just a few clicks. In 2018, the UK saw a 10.2% increase in the sales and streams of classical music, according to record industry trade group BPI. Streaming now accounts for 25.2% of total classical consumption! “This is a dynamic moment in the history of classical music… there is a tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth if the new digital platforms continue to improve the profile and searchability of classical music,” says Geoff Taylor of BPI.
Click to read more of Taylor’s insight on the role of streaming services in the consumption of classical music.