Island Symphony Orchestra Visits with Students at Mill Neck Manor


“Many students will not have the opportunity to see, hear, feel or try orchestral instruments and I think it is important for all the students to have access to the arts,” said Christine Finn, Music Therapist at Mill Neck.

Sounds of Mozart floated through the air of the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf Auditorium as we welcomed the Island Symphony Orchestra—bringing the world of music to our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. During the presentation, members from the orchestra made their way to the stage to show the children their respective instruments, which included the drums, violin, cello, saxophone, clarinet and more. As one of the orchestra members played her cello, the children were captivated, seemingly hanging on each note. In an effort to teach the children about the instrument, they were invited up onto the stage to feel the vibration of the sound as they took turns playing it. They each squealed with delight at the chance, almost instinctively mimicking the movements they saw her perform just seconds ago.

“Many students will not have the opportunity to see, hear, feel or try orchestral instruments and I think it is important for all the students to have access to the arts,” said Christine Finn, Music Therapist at Mill Neck. “Even for students who have less access to sound, they are able to feel the vibrations on the instruments, like the strings on a cello or the beat of a drum through the floor.”

Take a look at some of the highlights of the Island Symphony Orchestra visit. Enjoy!

 

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