Petting Zoo

Petting ZooThe Civic Orchestra of Tucson introduced the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo to our community in 1995, based on a similar program in the Midwest. The Petting Zoo gives a chance to have an up-close look at various orchestral instruments and actually play these instruments under the supervision of members of the orchestra. Parents have repeatedly expressed delight after seeing their children try out instruments in our petting zoo, and many have inquired into music lessons.

Petting Zoo Goals

  • To provide children (and adults) the opportunity to explore the various families of musical instruments
  • To provide hands-on opportunities to touch, feel, and play string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments

Petting Zoo Outcomes

  • Participants learn to identify the family to which a given instrument belongs
  • Children learn the proper way to hold and play an orchestral instrument
  • Young children delight in having a musical instrument respond to their attempts to play it
  • Adults who have not played an instrument since high school discover that the ability to make beautiful sound from the instrument is still present
  • Both children and adults often seek further instruction or lessons
  • Adults often begin practicing their instruments again and participate in local ensembles

Schedule an Instrument Petting Zoo for Your Organization

Learn more about how the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo can provide a rich musical experience for your classroom or community event.  

» Download the Petting Zoo brochure 

Become a Petting Zoo Volunteer

Please assist us at our Musical Instrument Petting Zoos! If you play (or have played) a string or brass instrument, you would help children and adults try to play our instruments. Even if you don't play an instrument, you could welcome people, hand out orchestra information, encourage people to sign up for our newsletter, and monitor the "tip" jar. You would also learn to put the instruments back in their cases, especially for Zoos that are just before concerts, as the musicians need to get ready to play on-stage! 
 

Upcoming Petting Zoos and
Youth Programs - Free

Sunday, October 2, at 2:15
Before Free Concert at 3:00
Sahuarita District Auditorium

Sunday, May 7, at 6:30 pm
Before Free Concert at 7:00
"Pops in the Park", Reid Park
 
Petting Zoos at U of A
Geronimo Plaza, Fridays, 5-7 pm
September 9
September 16
September 23
October 14
October 28
November 11
 
Enjoy the Fun!
 

 Petting Zoo Photos!

>> Bookmans on Ina, 5/27/2014
>> Bookmans on Speedway, 5/28/2014

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Become a Petting Zoo Host!

(520) 730-3371 or
manager@cotmusic.org


Thank you, Instrumental Music,
for donating the following instruments:
double bass, small violin, cello bow
and
plastic clarinet reed


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