Music: The Young Composers

"I was sitting at home one day." said plump, dimple-cheeked Susan Freiberg, "and all at once I had an idea for a tune.

I said to myself, 'Why. that sounds like a shrimp.'" Twelve-year-old Susan's tune promptly became Minuet of the Shrimp, one of 300 tunes, poems, dances submitted by 60 sixth-grade pupils of Cincinnati's suburban North Avondale Public School for inclusion in a group cantata, a sweeping experiment at musical education. Last week they had the thrill of performing their work with a professional symphony orchestra. The project began a year ago, when the Cincinnati Symphony played at one of its...