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Free Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, Sept. 29, at StetsonU

Stetson University’s School of Music is hosting the fifth annual Musical Instrument Petting Zoo for children of all ages, free of charge, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Volusia County Alumnae Chapter (VCAC) and Eta Pi Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota, Stetson’s School of Music, the Stetson Community School of Music and DeLand Discount Music, the Instrument Petting Zoo will be held at Presser Hall, 419 N. Woodland Ave., on the DeLand campus. Children will be able to see musical instruments up close, enjoy a snack and play an instrument. DeLand Discount Music is providing the instruments for the event.

Last year, more than 150 young people attended along with their parents. Stetson’s VCA Chapter won the SAI national Annelle Chandler McAdams Service Project Award for this project.

This year’s petting zoo will also feature Cameron Huster, adjunct professor of Harp at Stetson, who will bring her harp for demonstrations and playing by the students. Certified Orff Instructor Sheri Myers will make the Orff instruments available to pet. The Orff approach, developed by the German composer and educator Carl Orff, is an internationally recognized approach, and combines movement, singing and the playing of instruments, such as xylophones and glockenspiels.

For more information, contact Stetson University’s School of Music at (386) 822-8950, or www.stetson.edu/music.