By Melissa Ford
Submitted by Susan Parks
Thirty-two 4th and 5th grade PING! students rocked Beye School with a drumming workshop on Saturday April 7. These young musicians, led by local music teachers Paul and Evan Jacobsen, played on “tub drums” to learn important concepts about note value, rhythms and reading music. In addition, the students received a private music lesson from a high school PING! mentor, working on scales and tone and practicing pieces for their upcoming concerts!
“The students participating in these workshops not only have fun, but they are energized about their music and motivated to keep practicing. Parents and teachers tell us they can tell the difference in the students,” notes Lynn Taylor, PING! Board member and Enrichment Chair.
PING! opens the doors to music for low-income students by providing band and orchestra instruments and music enrichment in school districts 90, 97 and 200. Music enrichment includes the annual fall and spring workshops, middle school mentoring, summer music camp scholarships and concert field trips.
Learn more about PING! and consider donating to this worthy organization by visiting: www.pingoprf.org.