As part of an outreach program with my school orchestra, we go to elementary schools that have 80% or more children on food plans, or are from lower income families and put on concerts for the students. Last year we had young artists from my school make masks to go with each song from Camille Saen-Sans Carnival of the Animals and kids from the elementary schools would come up and act out the animals during each song while we played.
This is out third year of music outreach in my school orchestra and this year we're performing Haydn's Toy Symphony and passing out toys to the kindergarten students in the elementary schools. We've gone to two schools and it has been our best outreach project so far. The kids love the audience interaction and playing with the orchestra.
We need grant money help to purchase the toy (cheap) instruments - we hope it might fire a spark of passion in a child that would otherwise never have been exposed to music education.