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Happy 9th Birthday KKIT!

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Kalamazoo Kids In Tune turns 9 years old this year! It’s hard to believe that what started out as an afterschool cello club has now grown into a program that serves 100 students! We’re kicking off our 9th school year by expanding our services to include three programs: Elementary, Middle School and High School.

Our Elementary Program is still held at Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts and now serves 3rd – 5th grade students four days a week. Our Middle and High School Program is held at Milwood Magnet School: A Center for Math, Science and Technology. Both programs are held two days a week and serve 6th – 10th grade students from Milwood Magnet, Maple Street Magnet and Loy Norrix.

We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our 9th birthday than by expanding our program and growing our orchestra. We’re also focusing on updating our online presence, so expect a fresh look on our website and Facebook. We also joined Instagram – follow us there at KzooKidsInTune.

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start! We look forward to sharing all of the music, pictures, smiles and joy that this year brings with all of you!

KKIT and Orchestra Rouh Gala, June 7!

Join us this Thursday to hear the outstanding work of KKIT and Orchestra Rouh! The concert will feature Gustav Holst’s The Planets, traditional Arabic music, and many other exciting selections. We hope you will be there to celebrate with us!

Thursday, June 7 | 5:30 pm

Chenery Auditorium

Free and open to the public. Bring your whole family!KKIT_Final_Concert_WebRes-111

Kids in Tune Spooktacular and Make an Eerie Sound!

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune has been scaring up Halloween spirit all over town this week.

On Thursday, we hosted our annual Spooktacular concert at Woods Lake Elementary, joined by our Middle School Kids in Tune friends, as well as Orchestra Rouh and guest performers from among our parents and community members.  A packed house heard spooktacular music by Strauss, Holst, Williams, and Grieg.  As always, the Kids in Tune Ghostbusters closed the concert!

On Saturday, the Middle School Kids in Tune took park in Make an Eerie Sound event at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, performing a concert and leading the young holiday museum visitors in an instrument petting zoo.

Check out these great pics:

Kids in Tune Spooktacular Community Play Day: Thursday, October 26th

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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune Spooktacular Community Play Day is coming soon!  If you haven’t heard about it yet:  It’s a  late afternoon event on Thursday October 26.   All band and orchestra musicians of all ages are invited to come play great Halloween-themed orchestra music with us! Check out all the details and sign up at this link.

And please tell all your instrumentalist friends.  We’ll rehearse, enjoy snacks and community together, and then play a short concert—beginning with a parade of costumes!

We’re excited to see you there with your instrument, ready to make music together.Below are links to the sheet music in PDF form.  Just click and print!  We’ll also have extra parts at the event.  If you don’t see a link for your instrument, leave a comment at the bottom of the page and we’ll make parts for you.  (saxophonists and bassoonists, we want to hear from you!)

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Kids in Tune Community Play Day Sheet Music and Play-Along Videos

 

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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune Community Play Day is coming soon!  If you haven’t heard about it yet:  It’s a midday event on Monday July 31st.   All band and orchestra musicians of all ages are invited to come play great orchestra music with us! Check out all the details and sign up at our KKIT Play Day Facebook Event.   And please tell all your instrumentalist friends.  We’ll rehearse, enjoy a picnic together, and then play a short concert.

We’re excited to see you there with your instrument, ready to make music together! Here’s a link to a YouTube playlist containing play-along videos of all six pieces we’ll play.

Below are links to the sheet music in PDF form.  Just click and print!  We’ll also have extra parts at the event.  If you don’t see a link for your instrument, leave a comment at the bottom of the page and we’ll make parts for you.  (saxophonists and bassoonists, we want to hear from you!)

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Kids in Tune Blasts off for a Journey to The Planets

Our big project this year is Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  Can you name the planet that this rhythm comes from?  Our kids spent the morning working on it…turns out that it’s a bit of a tongue twister.  Try repeating it a few times while counting to 5 and see if you can keep everything in the right place!

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