Music Makes the Mules Race!

This week, we are learning the racing song of the Mules in The Carnival of the Animals. Mules are usually stubborn and slow, but music excites them and they go racing through the country side to the majestic blasts of the french horn! Join us next week as we meet our next instrument and animal! We’ve almost me the whole carnival, so you won’t want to miss it!

Swimming Sweetly with the Swans!

This week, we learned all about the grace of the swan. The swan glides gently along the water and is represented by the beautiful, long sounds of the cello. Check out what the swan song sounds like below and join us next week to find out about our next orchestral member!



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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!