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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

A name can be musical.

As part of The Little Orchestra Society’s work-in-progress concert last Friday, students heard four musicians play the songs they composed using their names as the lyrics and the notes each child thought suited them. The first-graders sang along — “Kyle and Bryan ...”

“I had the dream to create a program where children would write their own music,” The Little Orchestra Society Executive Director Joanne Bernstein-Cohen said. “We start as young as possible. There are no preconceived notions. They know they have something to offer and they jump right in.”

The Little Orchestra Society visits five schools citywide with its Musical Connections program.

PS 122 is the only Queens school. Its program is funded by the group and a $12,000 contribution from the school’s parent teacher association.

Two LOS musicians, Angelica Negrón and Eric Phinney, visit grades kindergarten through third grade, 10 times for each class, to teach rhythm, beats and melody. With that they compose their name song and work in groups to write a larger piece.

Last Friday they heard the songs they had been creating. “Dancing Snowflakes and “Lonely Frogs” were among these works.

“It’s amazing how they get the attention of the kids,” parent John Comahan said. “I would hate to lose out on a program like this.”

In addition to the scheduled concert Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) stopped by and performed the Charlie Brown theme song on the piano.

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