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Music education for wee ones

March 28, 2013 · Updated 11:27 AM

Sharon Abreu (left) teaching at Kaleidoscope. / Contributed photo

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brought new voices to the four Orcas preschools this spring, introducing two musicians and singers.

Sharon Abreu, teaching at Kaleidoscope and Children’s House, and Anita Orne, teaching at Salmonberry and Montessori, are the enthusiastic “Pied Pipers” who are leading the young ones once a week.

Abreu, an acclaimed classical soprano, and Orne, of the fiddle trio JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, are teaching such classics as “Old MacDonald,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and “You Are My Sunshine.” The children also learned the meaning of the word “Encore” after they asked Abreu to play “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” one more time.

This shared group of songs and lessons in musical language is aimed at providing a continuity of music experience for our young people. The Chamber Music Festival introduced the Pied Piper Program to Orcas preschools several years ago. The preschool music education program is sponsored by Sara Jane Johnson. Visit www.oicmf.org for a list of upcoming concerts, or call the office at 376-6636.

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