Walking down the halls of the Academy of the Arts at Bransom, you may hear singing, classical music being played, students rapping their spelling words, and pianos playing. Yes, that’s right. Mrs. Griffin is raising the capacity of our students to become musicians through piano playing. Along with weekly practice of theory, singing, and a lot of instrument playing in Mrs. Applegate’s music class, our piano classes are focused on how to play the piano. Administration is amazed each time they go into the piano class because students are serious about their efforts and progress.
Watching a student play we are reminded that they are doing so many things at once. They are thinking about names of notes they are playing. They are thinking about which fingers on each hand they are using to play those notes. They are thinking about and listening to the sounds they are making. They are thinking about the speed they are supposed to be playing the notes. They are even thinking about the volume of the different notes they are playing. Students are thinking about the different notations of the music language they are learning or have already learned. Bottomline, our students are working hard in their piano class. The brains are definitely getting a workout.
It is crystal clear that they are getting smarter as they work. They will be able to do more in their academic classes because of the many facets of learning to play the piano.
If you have the ability to listen to your child play, please do. There is a piano in our front hall that you are welcome to use at anytime if you do not have access to a piano at home. In just a few days, Mrs. Griffin will be opening the piano lab to students in the mornings for additional practice time. Watch for details coming home soon