Excursion Day! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

Excursion day has arrived! Today, the Wattles and Waratahs went into the city to watch the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform their show, “Meet the Orchestra” and “Bamboozled” at Hamer Hall. We stopped off for lunch at the National Gallery of Victoria before  being taken on a musical journey. We met the different sections of the orchestra through classical music pieces and theme songs. Then, we used our body percussion and vocal skills by joining in to help create the Bamboozled music, along with the other audience members and with the MSO.

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What were the different sections of the orchestra? Did you have a favourite section?

What instrument would you most like to play? Why?

 

101 thoughts on “Excursion Day! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

  1. eugenia teo May 9, 2016 / 7:28 am

    I loved the MSO. It was so much fun and I got to see a lot of new instruments that I didn’t know like the theremin.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 4:09 am

      That was such a unique sounding instrument! I was intrigued by it too Eugenia

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:39 am

      The theremin is such a unique and interesting instrument. I was fortunate to be able to play one a few years ago. I wasn’t very good but it was great fun!

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      • mercuri2006 May 19, 2016 / 1:44 am

        Hi Aaron, I didn’t know what a theremin was until the MSO excursion, I like how it sounds like the aliens are coming.
        from Manny (Wattles)

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    • Sienna May 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

      When visiting Hammer Hall, I was so surprised, how the performers learnt to play so many different types of instruments. I really enjoyed listening to the music. Sienna

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      • vanessa May 12, 2016 / 10:16 am

        Im glad you enjoyed visiting Hamer Hall Sienna.

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      • Samantha May 18, 2016 / 10:53 am

        Hi Eugenia! I also like the theramin because it would be an interesting instrument to learn.

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    • Kyra May 19, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Do you like the theremin Eugenia? I loved it when we got to join in with the orchestra did you like that too?

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  2. Dimitri May 9, 2016 / 8:32 am

    I enjoyed the performance when they did the music of bamboozled. I was surprised that they wanted our help. I would like to play the drums because you can play different songs and do a different beat with the drums.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:44 am

      As a drummer I’m biased, but I think it is the best instrument in the world! There were many different types of drums there, which was your favourite?

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      • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:20 am

        Dimitri loved them all! 😉

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  3. Dimitri May 9, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I enjoyed the music of bamboozled. I was surprised when they asked us to help them on stage. The different sections of the orchestra were bass and drums. I would most like to play the drums because they are very loud and I can play all different beats. Dimitri, Wattles.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 4:10 am

      I loved the body percussion part of Bamboozled too Dimitri.

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      • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:20 am

        You have great taste 🙂

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  4. Vince formisano May 9, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I enjoyed the family of instruments I was surprised at the different sounds the different sections of the orchestra make on their own and together. I remember there were drums,violins, percussion, strings piano,the conductor and the man Paul at the front talking. I would like to learn how to play the drums because I like the sounds you can make with them. It was a fun excursion I liked learning body percussion with Sandra and Jess too.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:49 am

      I love to play drums, Vince! Do you think you have great co-ordination between your hands and your feet?

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      • Vince formisano May 17, 2016 / 9:53 am

        Maybe if I practice hard or else i’ll look bamboozeled!

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  5. Grace May 9, 2016 / 9:03 am

    I enjoyed the performance because there were different types of instruments playing together and it sounded wonderful.
    I was surprised how all the instruments sounded great together and not just like a loud noise.
    The different sections of the orchestra were the stringed instruments, wind instruments and the percussion. There was also a conductor who leads the orchestra.
    The instrument that I would most like to play is the piano because I like the sound of music it makes.It can sound peaceful but also be fun and loud.

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    • Eric Kardos May 9, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      I really loved the performance! It was great to see the instruments that they used and how they used it. I got surprised how they included us as well because I thought it was just for the Bamboozled song. In the orchestra they were wearing different colour shirts to represent their sections like the string instruments, wind instruments and the percussion instruments. I would want to play the gong (Pretty easy to use but its still cool 🙂 ) Because I like instruments that make big noises.

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      • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:24 am

        I would love to own a gong! What other instruments made really big sounds?

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      • Zylis May 17, 2016 / 11:31 am

        I know I like it to.

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      • mercuri2006 May 19, 2016 / 1:46 am

        The gong was really loud, it would be funny if we had a gong at school for the lunch breaks, the drums were loud too
        from Manny (Wattles)

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

      The piano makes a beautiful sound. What type of music would you play?

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      • Grace May 18, 2016 / 5:50 am

        I would like to play something soft and classical.

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  6. jacinta May 9, 2016 / 9:16 am

    On the 5th of May, the Wattles and Waratahs went to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. My favourite part of the orchestra is when we got to be part of the show. The instrument I liked most was the theremin because I like how it makes the sound like an alien is coming. The sections of the orchestra are woodwind, string, percussion and brass.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:57 am

      It was great to be able to be part of the show! Did you enjoy singing or playing body percussion more?

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      • Samantha May 18, 2016 / 10:27 am

        I enjoyed the body percussion more, I had so much fun performing the body moves like clapping and stomping.

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    • Grace May 18, 2016 / 6:19 am

      I agree with you. Being part of the show was so much fun.

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    • Kyra May 19, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Hi Jacinta,

      What other instruments do you like other than the theremin?

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  7. yenuli May 10, 2016 / 1:27 am

    Hi Sandra,
    I loved the (MSO)bamboozled.I hope you liked it to,I think it was one of the best exursions ever.My favourite part was when we did the body percurcition and also when we learned about the families of musical instruments.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:59 am

      It was a great excursion! Can you remember the names of the instrument families? Which was your favourite instrument?

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  8. Daniel Montagnese May 10, 2016 / 6:30 am

    The different sections of the orchestra are the brass,string,wind and percussion. My favourite one was the percussion. I would like to play the
    drums because they are very loud.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 11:09 am

      Lots of the Middles seem to like the drums. I think they would give me a headache after a while as they are so loud. Did you know that Aaron plays the drums Daniel? Perhaps he could teach us how to play them.

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    • Vince formisano May 17, 2016 / 9:55 am

      Maybe we should start a band Daniel and we can both play drums from Vince

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  9. Daniel Montagnese May 10, 2016 / 6:35 am

    Brass, percussion, wind and string. Percussion was my favourite. I would like to play the drums because they are loud.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Drums seem to be a popular instrument! What style of music would you play?

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    • Grace May 18, 2016 / 6:35 am

      I liked the percussion too, especially when we performed the body percussion like the stomping and clapping. It was lots of fun.

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  10. Masen May 10, 2016 / 7:45 am

    I enjoyed the performance because there were lots of interesting instruments that made different musical sounds.
    I was surprised to see how many types of instruments are in an orchestra and all of the different sounds when they all play together.
    There were different sections of orchestra including string, wind, percussion. There is a conductor at the front of the audience.
    I would like to play the piano because it makes different kinds of music.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:01 am

      There was another section of instruments included in the orchestra. Can you remember what type of instruments they are?

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    • justin May 18, 2016 / 6:58 am

      I like your idea because pianos are really interesting to hear and they’re really nice sounding.

      JUSTIN

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  11. Stephanie Carlin May 10, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I liked it when I saw the 3D object.
    I liked the trumpet.

    SETH

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 11:06 am

      Seth, I love the trumpet too. I love how you can hear it over all the other instruments. Did you enjoy the body percussion that we were able to participate in?

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  12. Nicholos May 10, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I loved the end of the show so much because it was in lots of cow boy movies and nearly everyone was really familiar with it!

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 11:02 am

      I loved seeing you and lots of other students dancing to that last song. I think I even saw Cathy joining in!

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    • Aiden D May 17, 2016 / 7:13 am

      I enjoyed it too Nicholos it was fun watching the MSO and I loved watching that movies too.

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    • ethan teo May 17, 2016 / 8:00 am

      I also liked the end of the show too Nicholos.

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  13. Nicholos May 10, 2016 / 8:17 am

    There were lots of instruments that I knew and didn’t know and it was so AWESOME!

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 11:00 am

      What instrument would you most like to play Nicholos?

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  14. annmarie81 May 10, 2016 / 8:41 am

    I enjoyed the Doctor Who music. The different sections are strings, brass, percussion and air. I dont remember the name of the instrument that i would really like to play but i can discribe it. It makes a sound like aliens are coming. Michael, Waratahs

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 10:58 am

      It’s called the theremin. I had never heard of it before but I recognised the sound as soon as I heard the musician play it. I agree that it makes such a unique sound, just like aliens are coming!

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    • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:23 am

      Hi, I liked the Doctor Who music too because my mum watched Doctor Who when she as little.

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  15. Amy May 10, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Hi Waratahs. 1. I enjoyed the performance because there was so much hard work. 2.I was surprised that it was way more fun then 52 Storey Tree House. 3.There was the wood wind family,the string, the percussion and the brass. 4.I would really like to play the harp and the piano too.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 10:53 am

      It’s great that you have recognised how hard the musicians work to perform such amazing pieces for us Amy. Why do you like the harp and piano so much?

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    • Ava C May 18, 2016 / 7:32 am

      HI Amy! I think the MSO always works very hard to play at each show. Like you I would also like to play the harp!

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  16. Elle May 10, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Wow it sounds like a fun time. I really like the drums. Were there drums used in the MSO? I really wanted to see all the types of families of percussion.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:05 am

      It’s a shame you missed the excursion Elle, but it sounds like you had a wonderful time on holidays! There were a few different types of drums used by MSO including a drum kit and timpani drums. You could go on the MSO website and explore other percussion instruments that they play.
      http://www.mso.com.au/

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    • eugenia teo May 16, 2016 / 8:53 am

      Elle there was the drums at the MSO they were really LOUD!!! and the diffrent families were the string,the woodwind,percussion and the brass.

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  17. Sevi May 11, 2016 / 4:50 am

    Hamer Hall was awesome and cool! I was really surprised when it got noisy and loud by all different types of instruments, but I still enjoyed it. My favourite part of the excursion was the shows, especially Dr Who. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 9:53 am

      I really enjoyed it too Sevi! What was so great about the Dr Who theme song?

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    • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:24 am

      I loved it too Sevi..Dimitri.

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    • ethan teo May 17, 2016 / 8:10 am

      i enjoyed the Dr Who because it used my favourite instrument.

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  18. Anthony May 11, 2016 / 7:01 am

    I enjoyed when they played the Dr Who music. I was surprised by the loud music. The different sections were the string family, the brass family, the woodwind family and the percussion family. If I got to play an instrument, it would be the drums because I like the sound of them.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Can you remember the special instrument they used for the Dr Who song?

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  19. Aiden D May 11, 2016 / 7:18 am

    I enjoyed watching the performance and standing up and doing the body percussion with the MSO. They sounded very good.

    I was surprised by how the MSO sounded together and how nicely it was organised.

    The orchestra had different sections like strings, wind and percussion instruments.

    I would like to play the piano because I go for piano lessons and I know how to read piano notes and books.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:10 am

      How long have you been playing piano? What do I need to know if I want to learn to read music and play the piano?

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      • Aiden D May 17, 2016 / 7:03 am

        I have been taking piano lessons for the last 2 years. Last year I learned at ABC Music group and this year I am taking private lessons. You need to know the music notations to read and play the piano.

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  20. Alessia May 11, 2016 / 8:19 am

    I enjoyed the performance because it was interesting to see all of the instruments play all together and it sounded AWESOME!!! I was surprised that the orchestra could play the music from different movies. The different sections of the orchestra were the string family,the brass family,the woodwinds family and the percussion family. I would like to play the drums because they sound loud.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 10:50 am

      Alessia, I agree that it was wonderful to see how all the sections of the orchestra are able to come together and create such beautiful pieces of music. Would you recommend others to attend a performance by the MSO?

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    • Ava C May 18, 2016 / 7:42 am

      Hi Alessia! I thought it was amazing to see all the different instruments play together as well! My favourite was the harp with it’s nice soft tune.

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  21. Samantha Yaranon May 11, 2016 / 8:48 am

    The most enjoyable and exciting part of the show for me was when the MSO performed the music of Bamboozled. It surprised me when they asked the audience to take part in performing the Bamboozled music. They taught us all the various elements of Bamboozled! It simply involves rapping, body percussion and singing. Together with the orchestra, we performed Bamboozled with fun and laughter.

    The different sections of the orchestra are the stringed instruments (violin,viola,cello and double bass), brass instruments, wood wind instruments and percussion instruments.

    The instrument that l would most like to play is the piano because l love the sound that every key makes while your fingers glide over it.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Performing Bamboozled was great fun! What is important when performing with other people?

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      • Samantha May 14, 2016 / 1:06 am

        To encourage one another in performing so that we can do it. It is teamwork!

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  22. Rafael May 11, 2016 / 9:18 am

    I enjoyed when they were all playing the instruments. My favourite is the guitar. . —

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:16 am

      The guitar is a great instrument. Can you remember if there was a guitar in MSO? What other instruments did you see?

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    • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:25 am

      It was a great excursion. Dimitri.

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  23. ZylisTaliulu May 11, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I enjoyed when we did body percussion because I like body percussion. I was shocked when Jeff told us about what instrument they play in Doctor Who.
    The Blue T-shirts are strings. The yellow T-shirts are percussion. I forgot what the other coloured T-shirt’s instrument are.
    I would like to play the theremin because I like alien sounds!!.

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    • aarondean81 May 11, 2016 / 10:18 am

      The theremin is an interesting instrument. Can you describe to someone else how to play it?

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      • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:26 am

        I am going to google the theremin now! Maria – Dimitri’s mum!

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  24. Alex May 11, 2016 / 9:42 am

    The instrument I would like to play the most is the Harp or Clarinet. I like the Clarinet because I used to play in my old school and it would be nice to continue. I also like the Harp because it is a unique instrument that not many people play. The Harp also makes a beautiful sound that sounds amazing with other instruments and by itself.

    The instrument families were strings ( Violin, Viola, Cello ), Woodwind ( Clarinet, Flute, Basoon), Brass ( Trumpet, Trombone ) and Percussion ( Piano, Harp, Cymbals, Xylophone, Drums). My favourite instrument family in the orchestra was the Strings because I could hear the strings the whole time and it sounded amazing. They were all in unison and moved their bows together as a team.

    I enjoyed how they timed the orchestra to see if they could do the ‘Buzzing Bee’ song in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds. I liked this part because it showed how much practise they had and how good they were. It was also impressive to see such a good piece be played so fast and to see them move their hands around so quickly shocked me.

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    • vanessa May 11, 2016 / 10:47 am

      Alex, I really enjoyed reading your detailed response to our excursion. I agree with you about how talented the MSO are to complete that song in under 1 minute and 30 seconds. I noticed that most of the musicians were middle aged as it obviously takes years of practise to master such pieces.

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      • Alex May 17, 2016 / 9:57 am

        Hi Vanessa, the people in MSO were concentrating really hard on what they were playing as I could see them looking straight at their pieces. I also saw that they were really passionate about it especially in the strings family because I saw some of them closing they’re eyes while they moved they’re bows It looked like they really wanted to do it and they love doing it.

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    • Kyra May 19, 2016 / 10:42 am

      Alex I like the harp too as you said that not many people play the harp. I would like to play it one day.

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  25. mercuri2006 May 12, 2016 / 6:15 am

    I really enjoyed the excursion to the MSO. The different sections of the orchestra were the brass, string, wind and percussion.

    I liked the Theremin because it sounded like the aliens were coming.
    Aaron it would be cool if you can teach us how to play the drums at school?

    Manny (Wattles)

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    • vanessa May 12, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Manny, I suggested Aaron teach us the drums in one of the earlier comments. Let’s ask him on Monday, shall we?

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      • MrsMG May 16, 2016 / 9:27 am

        Great idea!

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  26. NEHA🎆🎆🎆 May 12, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Hi Sandra and Jess,
    i enjoyed watching the exciting performance by all of the people who played all the different tunes and music. The best part of the orchestra was when they played together. I think that showed they used teamwork and they love playing all the different instruments together. I am sure that we need teamwork and friendship to play with the orchestra.I want to be wearing the yellow T-shirt because I want to play the piano because it has a lot of different skills and that makes a challenge, and everyone loves a challenge.
    NEHA

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    • vanessa May 12, 2016 / 10:21 am

      Thanks for your reply Neha. It certainly would be a challenge to play with the MSO. Keep practising though!

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  27. Kyra May 12, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I loved the MSO. I got to see lot’s of different instruments like the theremin. The best part of the show was when we got to join in with the orchestra and that we got to do percussion with our body and do the rap parts and sing. The sections of the orchestra is percussion, brass, woodwind and strings. I loved the theremin the best because it was like when aliens are coming.

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    • vanessa May 12, 2016 / 10:14 am

      The theremin seems to be a very popular instrument Kyra.

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      • Kyra May 19, 2016 / 10:36 am

        I also like the violin vanessa. What instrument do you like?

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    • Alex May 17, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Hey Kyra, the theremin sounded weird kind of like when the cable of a television is not working. I liked it because it can be used for scary music like going back in time. It would be cool to play it since not many people now what it is and it would be impressive when you show it to them but it seems like a hard thing to master.

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      • Kyra May 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

        Alex it looks easy but it might be hard one day I would like to try it.

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  28. Ethan teo May 13, 2016 / 9:37 am

    My favourite instrument is a theremin because it makes a mysterious sound like alien music.

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    • eugenia teo May 16, 2016 / 8:57 am

      I also like the theremin it makes such a mysterious and magical sound.

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    • Pranav May 17, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Hi Ethan, I like the theremin too because it sounds like monster and alien music so I agree with your opinion.

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    • pranav May 18, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Hi Ethan I like the theremin too because it sounds like monster and alien music. It also sounds a bit weird. I wish I could play the theremin it would be really cool. So I agree on what you said about the theremin.

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  29. Lynelle May 18, 2016 / 2:56 am

    The sections of the orchestra are the percussion,woodwind,brass and string.I would like to play the piano because I would like to learn a new song.

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