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For parents who want to expose their children to music, especially classical music, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) offers an outlet for that. Kids learn about music and instruments from an early age, which could foster a love for the arts and maybe even an interest in playing an instrument. Also, when families go to the symphony together, they can strengthen communication and start family traditions. Here are some reasons we think you should get the family cleaned up and make a visit to Atlanta Symphony Hall, located on the Woodruff Arts Center campus. 

Family Programming

The ASO, now in its 74th season, performs more than 150 concerts per year, many of them appealing to families with young children. For instance, this season they have music from Harry Potter and Disney as well as their annual holiday show. They will also offer a concert this concert season called “Magical Music Adventure,” which features a visual component with mimes and dancing. Check their family programming schedule for the next theme that will spark your kids’ interests. Also, follow the ASO on social media to see other family-friendly events like outdoor concerts in Piedmont Park.

Musical Mondays

This is not your typical kids’ music class. The ASO brings in an artist to lead kids ages 5 and under in singing, movement and instrument play. Parents can sign up by the semester or do single classes.

Programs for the Very Young

It is never too early to show children the joys of music. That is why the ASO offers “Programs for the Very Young,” which are short, under an hour concerts that feature music kids may already know. For example, they will have “Old MacDonald’s Symphony” and “Little Hansel and Gretel” for upcoming concerts. Storytellers even bring it all to life along with the music. Kids are encouraged to dance and play during the performances. Bonus: Kids 5 and under are free.

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