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South Clinton Elementary students experience interactive music class

Students at South Clinton Elementary are experiencing a different type of music class.
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 7:02 PM EDT
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CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) - Students at South Clinton Elementary School are learning an interactive type of music class.

The class is called Orff style of teaching that weaves together sing, say, dance and play along with giving students a chance to choose. The style of teaching is named after a German composer Carl Orff.

Jason Glaushauser teaches students music at North and South Clinton Elementary Schools.

“It’s rare when I look at a classroom and I see a kid that’s just bored,” explained Glashauser, “They may not like what we’re doing at the moment but five minutes later they’re having fun because we switched gears and we’re doing something different.”

Second graders Maci Miller and Donny Sims said music class was a highlight of their days.

“It makes my heart feel good to come to music class,” said Sims.

For Maci it helps her concentrate when she practices one of her favorite hobbies, drawing.

“Music makes me feel good because it helps me,” said Miller, “Music is fun and it helps me when I draw.”

The goal is for students to not only learn about music but to experience it. They moved their bodies to rhythms, played instruments, and sang.

“At the heart of all of it, it needs to be the students,” said Glashauser.

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