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Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 11:08am Age: 2 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary


It’s Music in Our Schools Month and the Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Hulle, is on tour performing for the elementary school classes.   


One small group at a time, they gather in the band room for a quick warm-up, and walk their instruments, books and stands to their appointed classroom audience, visibly excited.  


The tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians. 


“The students know they stand out more in small group performances, and they feel the responsibility of their role. That pushes them to get their parts right,” Mr. Hulle said. “And they really enjoy sharing their music with the younger kids and answering their questions.”

To engage the young audiences, Mr. Hulle plays “name that tune.” Who knew the tune for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the A.B.C. song, and Baa-baa Black Sheep are one and the same? 


Following the performance, Mr. Hulle invites the audience to pose questions of the musicians. 


“How do you pick your instrument?” one kindergartner asked. 
“I liked it because it has a million pipes,” replied the French horn player.
“How much do you practice?” 
“A lot!” two students replied in unison.
“Every student should practice 10 minutes a day. If you want to be really good, you practice extra time,” Mr. Hulle added. 


The tour is also an opportunity to get K-2 students excited about the music program. 


"How do you get in the band?" asked students in different grades. 
“When you get to 4th grade, you come and see me. I’ll let you try any of the ten instruments we have, and you get to pick the one you like and feels right for you.”