Letter from . . .
The Music Teacher
My normal routine at Rappahannock County Elementary School took an interesting turn on Oct. 14, as a Kid Pan Alley songwriting team took over my morning classes. I watched my students as they learned a song and then wrote an additional verse for it. This process unfolded four times and by the time the afternoon assembly presentation arrived, I was as excited as my students to see just how this was going to fit into the performance.
Kid Pan Alley’s new program, Stand Up and Be Heard: One Little Song Can Change the World, was delightful and impressive. The program is billed as a Character Development Assembly, and its message couldn’t be more positively charged or better geared to its audience.
There was, as I expected, lots of singing, but what I didn’t expect was the breadth of subjects the songs covered or the sophistication with which the songs were crafted. After all, these were songs written by kids. They were engaging, energetic and thought provoking. It didn’t hurt that the performers were also polished, well rehearsed and very talented.
My students were so proud to participate by sharing the verses they’d written in the morning, and this creative element really personalized the program for everyone and revealed a wonderful camaraderie among the kids. Snatches of songs were running through my head for the rest of the day-especially this one, which the kids were still singing in the halls as I wrote this:
Best friends, they’re always by your side
Best friends, they stand the test of time
They cheer you on, best friends
I’m convinced that this is a message that will hit home with my students. Thank you, Kid Pan Alley, for taking the time to put together such a wonderful lesson and thank you to RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Fund for supporting this worthwhile program for our students.
Music teacher, RCES