Involvement in musical instruments for elementary- age children builds self-esteem, thinking and listening skills, discipline, dexterity, coordination and cooperation with peers. Music has been found to activate certain areas of the brain that students use to solve spatial-temporal reasoning problems. Research also indicates that students who play musical instruments tend to complete complex mathematical problems better than their non- musical peers.
Ms. Hoekenga will incorporate ukulele instruction in regularly scheduled 4th and 5th grade music classes. Performances at the holiday showcase in December and at the end of the year are expected.”
We are thankful to the Cultural Arts Center for allowing us to borrow their ukuleles for the school year, to Mrs. Barker for providing a ukulele teaching curriculum and to Ms. Hoekenga for teaching the instrument to our students.
For more information about the Music Program, please contact Resource Coordinator, Brittany Shepard at 794.1459.