first_imgFourth-grader Jacob Karnofel said the program opens up musical horizons for youngsters like him. “It’s something you can do as a hobby, or even a career,” said the 9-year-old from La Habra. “You also get to meet people and do a lot of good things.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is something that a lot of them don’t receive in the home,” said Dave Zofrea, a fourth-grade teacher at Lakeview. “Kids love music, and if we can get them exposed and excited for music early on, it does a lot for their learning.” Paris Logan, 9, of Santa Fe Springs got picked to help demonstrate the proper way to hold and play the oboe. “I think this is fun. There’s a lot of instruments I’d never heard of,” said the fourth-grader. Since 1988, the Rio Hondo Symphony Association has brought the program to Whittier and Rowland Heights area schools. The program receives funding from county Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, private donations and local cities. It serves children in Whittier and unincorporated South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera and Rowland Heights, officials said. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Buzzing like a swarm of bees, fourth-graders at Lakeview Elementary School puckered their lips Monday and pushed out strong, steady breaths of air. For a crash course in symphonic music, the students practiced embouchure – the mouth position used when playing a woodwind instrument. “You should buzz your lips without pushing your cheeks out,” guest instructor Laura Stone told the students. Principal oboist for the Rio Hondo Symphony, Stone and two other professional musicians visited Lakeview this week as part of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association’s Music Enrichment Program, which introduces youngsters to the world of classical music. last_img