Showcase Demonstrates Students’ Progress, Promise

DSC_4541 Budding third grade musicians had the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned during their first year of instrumental music instruction at Ross Lower School’s Instrumental Showcase on Wednesday.

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Assistant Head of Lower School Bryan Rosenberg welcomed the audience, and then turned the stage over to Performing Arts teacher Robert Davies. Robert, who conducts strings ensembles at various levels, said that the school’s commitment to music and the arts was an important part of the learning experience at Ross and that he was impressed with the third graders’ progress on the various instruments.

DSC_4544The students played a few pieces, including “Joyful, Joyful,” selected to demonstrate their skill with the instruments as well their ability to read music. Robert explained that they are currently learning scales based on new knowledge of musical notes. The group wrapped up with an upbeat performance of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

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Next to take the stage was teacher Maureen Isbister and the third grade band. The students extended their own welcome to the audience and explained that they, too, would be performing selections to showcase their progress and proficiency, including songs with quarter, half, and whole rests. They entertained the audience, ending with a classic rendition of “Jaws” (a band favorite).

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Overall, the collective progress with both reading musical scores and working together to create music is impressive. The community can look forward to command performances at the upcoming Lower School concert.