Our final field trip as a fifth grade class is this Thursday, and I am excited! Once again, we’ll be boarding the big yellow bus and heading to Sarasota‘s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall aka the Big Purple Cow. The color was suggested by the widow of Frank Lloyd Wright, at least according to wikipedia.
Those of us on the Gulfcoast of Florida are blessed to have such a vibrant arts community in Sarasota. And one of the benefits we enjoy is the yearly Sarasota Symphony Concert put on just for the elementary students of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Pieces are chosen specifically for this young audience, giving them a taste of how music creates moods, tells stories, and can evoke emotional responses.
When my students take their purple seats on Thursday, they will be surprised to hear music that is familiar to them. Perhaps they heard a snippet of a piece in a commercial for beef, perhaps a melody will remind them of a movie score they’ve heard.
It’s days like these that make me cherish my role as their teacher.