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Children were cheering by the time â€śYankee Doodleâ€ť flashed on the screen at Fridayâ€™s Programs for Children, sponsored by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra.
â€śTen American Songsâ€ť delighted â€śstanding room onlyâ€ť audiences in Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall on the MSU campus Friday. Three concerts designed to introduce elementary students throughout Oktibbeha County to orchestral music, featured a variety of instruments.
The score for â€śTen American Songsâ€ť was written by Dr. Michael Brown, conductor for the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Brown made sure specific instruments were highlighted in each segment of the orchestra at least once throughout the â€śTen American Songs.â€ť
And the students had a wonderful time. Familiar songs representing various elements of American history was brought to life by the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, a PowerPoint presentation and MSU students acting out and leading the singing.
For the first time, audiences were invited to sing along to the orchestra. Songs such as â€śHush Little Baby,â€ť â€śOh Susanna!â€ť â€śYankee Doodleâ€ť and â€śIâ€™ve Been Workinâ€™ On the Railroad were among the favorites at Fridayâ€™s presentation.
Dr. Joe Ray Underwood, one of the organizers for the Programs for Children event sponsored by the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, said the event was â€śthe total package.â€ť
â€śThe familiar music, MSU students leading the crowd to sing, the power point presentation and the costumed MSU students illustrating the songs, it was a great way to get the kids involved,â€ť Underwood said.
Elementary education students from Dr. Karen Brownâ€™s â€śCreative Arts in Elementary Educationâ€ť course performed elements of the familiar songs as a class project.
As part of the project, the MSU students had to find ways to illustrate and communicate elements of the songs in a creative way to the audience. The class is designed to encourage future teachers to find creative ways to incorporate music, drama, art and dance in the classroom.
Fridayâ€™s program was provided by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
MSUâ€™s Day One students and volunteers from the Starkville Civic League, also played important roles in Fridayâ€™s programming.
For more information about the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, visit the website at http://www.starkvillemsusymphony.org.