Instrument Petting Zoos
Part of the Music Discovery Experience serving the School District of Lancaster and surrounding districts!
Traveling instrument petting zoos surround the Music Discovery performances and are presented throughout Lancaster County. These interactive sessions provide an opportunity for the students to "play" instruments they heard at the performances just days before.
Music educators also observe and guide their students to the instrument for which they are best suited. This preliminary exposure and contact with actual instruments helps ensure a long-term positive musical experience for each student.
At the start of a new school year, the Symphony's Gift of Music Instrument Loan
program lends new and gently-used instruments to students who cannot afford to buy or rent one of their own. When borrowing an instrument, each child signs a contract promising to care for the instrument, practice regularly, and participate in their school's band/orchestra.
The Symphony assumes maintenance and repair of all instruments. At the end of the school year, instruments are collected, repaired, and restocked making them ready for the coming school year! Students may borrow an instrument for as long as needed.