Instrument Petting Zoos
The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur sponsors instrument petting zoos at local schools for 4th and 5th graders. The goal is to introduce beginners to various types of instruments—to allow them to hold and even play a sound on the instrument. Local musicians help the children at these events. Questionnaires are completed by the children following the petting zoos, and over 86% of the children participating indicate they want to study an instrument in school.