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Bringing the Arts to Students Through SEF Presents

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The Special Education Foundation recognizes the significant role of fine arts in the educational journey of students with disabilities. Annually, the Foundation extends numerous opportunities to students served by the Special School District (SSD) through SEF Presents: Arts in the Classroom program.

Last week, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) debuted at Southview, captivating students with timeless classics from the classical music repertoire. The ensemble featured a drummer, flutist, violinist, cellist, hornist, and bassoonist.

Among the performed pieces were Edward Grieg's well-known compositions "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Additionally, the orchestra premiered a new piece specifically crafted for the program. One young attendee, first-grader Ryder Linder, particularly enjoyed the cinematic selections, singling out the Star Wars theme.

Laura Reinert, SLSO's director of education, explained the deliberate selection of recognizable tunes that would engage the audience physically and emotionally. “This program is all about how composers use musical elements to express emotions and tell stories. There is a lot of variety as far as tempo and dynamics. Hopefully, the students will pick up on all of those changes.”

Jennifer Heinlein, Southview's assistant principal, expressed her gratitude to SEF and SLSO for the opportunity to participate in the Acoustic Music Project performance. “Words cannot express the gratitude Southview has for both SEF and SLSO for their service to our students,” said Heinlein. “The performance provided a unique opportunity for our students to learn and enjoy music.”

Learn more about SEF Presents Arts in the Classroom program and other performances we have helped bring to the students at the SSD schools.