Students in Ms. Nicole Mihalek's Elementary Band Program received free lessons through the prestigious Crane School of Music's (SUNY Potsdam) School Band Program this semester. Seven students participated in the program including one junior high student.
Pre-service music teachers provide weekly lessons for children as part of their music education curriculum. The program, which usually serves North Country school districts, went virtual and nationwide this semester via Zoom. Ms. Mihalek is a graduate of The Crane School, and remains in touch with her college band directors, who reached out with the opportunity.
Participants include Madelyn Dengel, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; Steven James Jr., Centre Avenue sixth grader on the baritone horn; Nathan Jaramillo, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the trumpet; Maya Motherway, Junior-Senior High School seventh grader on the clarinet; Leila Perez, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; Riley Perez, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the trombone; Autumn Roth, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; and Christian Thorgersen, Rhame Avenue sixth grader on the trombone.
“My teacher plans personalized lessons,” says Maya Motherway. “We focused on certain areas of my technique including my breathing and articulation. Lately, we've been focusing on learning the chromatic scale. Overall, I think my lessons are great and I look forward to them every week.”