Instrument Petting Zoo
Thank you for your interest in inviting our Instrument Petting Zoo to your school!

About the program:
Instrument petting zoos provide hands-on fun with instruments! Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. Instrument Petting Zoos inhabit Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts, daycare centers, classrooms, festivals and farmers markets around Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and Wayne Counties. This program is made possible through the generous donation of string instruments by Shar Music.

Program Structure:
There are three distinctions within the program to ensure age-appropriate instruction:
1) Pre-K - 1st grade program (typically 30 minutes per class) string instruments only with a storytime element.
2) 2nd -5th grade program (typically 45 minutes per class) all instruments with a writing connection element
3) Special Needs program (all ages- typically 45 minutes per class with instrumentation depending)

$100 for the first hour, $50 per hour for each hour after the first. Financial assistance is available for Title I schools.
*In the instance a zoo is more than 30 miles away, an additional flat fee of $25 will be assessed.

To allow enough processing time, a request form should be submitted by the first day of the month prior to the visit.
EX: To schedule a visit on October 15th, please submit the form by September 1st.

For questions, please contact Yi-Ching Chen (

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