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Music News

by Jenna Carver

September 22, 2020

            And . . . we’re back! It feels good to be able to say that after spending our spring months teaching and learning remotely.  Many safety measures have been put into place to keep us all healthy as we learn our new normal.  Everyone has their temperature taken before entering the building.  We all wear masks and wash our hands frequently.  Everything in our buildings is squeaky clean with extra deep cleaning happening on Mondays when we spend the day with remote learning.


            Making music presents an interesting challenge.  Some schools are not allowed to sing at all, but we wear our masks and sit spaced far apart.  We are allowed to step outside whenever we need a mask break and are even encouraged to hold classes outdoors as much as possible.  


            The junior high and high school choirs are learning a variety of songs during the week and their project for Monday remote learning days is to make Google Slide presentations about composers and the artists who perform their music.


            The Glasco grade school students each have their own music bag to hold their instruments, books and any other needed supplies so that nothing is being shared except the enjoyment of making music together.  “Mrs. Carver’s Cart” is the name we have given to the music classroom on wheels that trundles into the grade school classes.  The emphasis the first few weeks of school has been on keeping each class separated from the others as much as possible.


            A puppet friend, Zippy the Zebra has been writing music with the grade school students.  Zippy encourages them to write songs about everyday things in their world, such as wearing a mask or even seeing a skunk while walking down the country road.


            Even if our voices sound muffled behind our masks, we still love music and are doing our best to make the most of our school year.  The best part so far is just being able to be together in person.  


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