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Student Input is a Real Treasure

By Lindquist, Theresa

September 29, 2011

Did you know we have budding authors and screenplay writers within our midst?  Well, I am more than happy to report that we most certainly do!  When it became apparent that an under the sea musical from the music room files was not the correct fit for this particular age group, I shared with the second and third grade students my thoughts regarding their November 17th program.  I put them in the role of the music teacher. What are the things a music teacher must think about and decide upon when planning a concert?  Little did I know that this was only the beginning of the input and impact that these young students would have on their program!!

As the students and I visited about our school wide theme of "Under The Sea", we began to discuss songs from movies and well-known sea and ocean songs.  When I began sharing my ideas with them, a young second grade student promptly raised his hand and shared what I thought was an awesome beginning to a story line.  Over the next couple of music classes, the story grew and evolved.  Music started to fall into place.  The student's faces beamed with excitement and pride!!  In music class the students were bouncing ideas off of each other, accepting the ideas of others and using phrases such as, "I have an idea to connect with the other class."  To me, the show is already a success before the first note is sung!!

The end result is that the script is being written based on many ideas from the children.  Although I am in charge of writing the dialogue, the story line is definitely a group effort!!  The students will perform their musical on November 17th at 7:00 p.m. in our school gym.  Come on over and witness these gems firsthand!


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