2/27/2014 7:18:00 AM Music gets a boost at Visitation
Visitation School photo by Gil Luna
Jasmine Dominguez, Mason Walters, Athena VanDyke and Thomas Finegan at the ready to make music.
VERBOORT — Music will be wafting through the air at Visitation Catholic School with the recent acquisition of a classroom set of band instruments. Since arriving at the school in 2007, the school’s music teacher Paul Elison, has started playwriting programs and an after-school choir program, but has found starting a band to be more difficult.
“For several years, I tried to get the kids interested in a band, but when it came down to committing to rent or buy an instrument, I couldn’t get enough students to sign up. My thought was that if I could get an instrument in their hands they would see how much fun it is to be in a band.”
Thanks to the work of former Parents’ Club president Laura Nevis, grant money was obtained and the instruments arrived at the school over Christmas break. The instruments will be used in the fifth and sixth grades and the students are thrilled. “I’m so excited about the instruments," says Mason Walters, a sixth grader. "I think they’re a great way to teach kids about music.”
“It’s a chance to start your dream in music if you have one,” remarked fifth grader Jasmine Dominguez.
The students have already taken a survey about what instruments they’re most interested in.
“I want to play the clarinet because I feel like I can express my feelings through it better than most other instruments,” said Athena Van Dyke, a fifth grader.
Sixth grader Thomas Finegan is also a fan of the clarinet. “I want to play the clarinet because it looks cool and challenging and I like challenging things,” Finegan said.