Thanks to talented parent volunteer Katie Pool, students at Silver Crest Elementary now have music classes every Wednesday. With education budget cuts, public schools throughout the state have struggled to keep music programs running.
“We are so lucky to have Mrs. Pool here every Wednesday so all of the kids can explore music during the school day,” said Silver Crest Principal Mark Hannan who explained that Tim Duffy also brings an after school band program to the school on Fridays.
Pool, whose husband Shawn teaches 7th and 8th grade at Silver Crest, studied music education for 25 years.
“I love music and I want kids to be able to experience it,” said Pool.
Her goal is to provide a basic introduction to reading music and singing “parts”. Pool starts the youngest students in grades K through 2 with rhythm lessons using voices and clapping. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders learn to play the recorder and kids in 6th through 8th grade begin playing basic guitar chords. Bells and sticks and xylophones are also part of the mix.
Pool also helps make the spring and holiday programs possible so families and staff can see the kids’ musical talent in action.