Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 15, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
April 15, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Presents a Musical Petting Zoo

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will present a "Musical Petting Zoo" at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Children and their parents will have the opportunity to experience the music of six different Carnegie Mellon musical groups including a string quartet, brass trio, wind quintet and percussion trio. The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is located at 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square in Pittsburgh's Northside.

The musical groups will be in different exhibit spaces throughout the museum. Their 20-minute programs will be repeated six times throughout the day so children and their parents can choose the order in which they experience each group of instruments. Each group of musicians will play two contrasting pieces before they demonstrate the mechanics of how their instruments work. Children will be encouraged to interact with the instruments and musicians, as well as compare familiar objects with instruments, such as an empty bottle and a flute, in order to learn how the instruments work. Musicians will finish each session by taking musical requests from the children.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music acknowledges the importance of music education for children and presents the Musical Petting Zoo as a fun and interactive way to introduce children to music education.

Natalie Ozeas, associate head of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, points out the rewards that music holds for children, "The study of music is rewarding in itself, but it does more for children. The study of music also affects students positively in other areas of life by contributing to student success in school, success in developing intelligence, success in society, success in life."

The benefits of music education for children have been well documented in recent years. "Studying music and the arts elevates children's education, expands student's horizons and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life," said former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music; and its associated centers and programs. For more information on the Musical Petting Zoo contact the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh at 412-322-5058. For more information on the School of Music contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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