In search of the next Stradivari and Beethoven

In search of the next Stradivari and Beethoven The National Music Museum hosts summer day camps

The National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota will host the Summer Discovery and Explorer Series to introduce children to the instruments in the collections in a fun and meaningful way.

In the Explorer Series, students entering the fourth through sixth grades next fall will learn how to make and then learn how to play their very own harmonica, they explore the lives and times of two wild and crazy guys: Beethoven and Berlioz, learn what it is to be a museum curator, and uncover the mysteries of an exotic Indonesian gamelan!�

The program runs 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily beginning Tuesday, June 1 and culminating with a lunch and student performance for family and friends on Friday, June 4.�Registration is $15 and due by May 26.�

Younger students who will be entering first through third grade in the fall of 2004 also have the opportunity to participate by registering for the Discovery Series, a mini-version of the Explorer Series specifically geared to the younger child.� For one hour a day, children will be introduced to the museum's collections in an exciting, meaningful, and fast-paced manner including unraveling mysteries and riddles about musical instruments, seeing and drawing musical instruments and experimenting with making music and their own musical instruments.�

The Discovery Series program runs June 7 through June 10 and participants can choose to participate in either the 10 a.m. or the 1 p.m. hour-long session.�Registration is $5 and due by June 1.

Registration forms are available stopping by or calling the Museum at 677-5306. Additional information on the summer day camps can also be found under educational tours on the museum's Web site smm.

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