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Elementary School Students
Perform Annual Spring Concert
Grant from Perloff Foundation
Provides New Instruments
By: David Deschesne
Fort Fairfield Journal, June 15, 2011The Fort Fairfield Elementary School performed their annual Spring concert at the High School gym last Thursday evening. New this year was music featuring the fifth graders on newly acquired ukuleles and miscellaneous percussion equipment.
The new musical instruments were acquired with a grant from the Perloff Foundation. “Last summer we applied for a fast track grant from the Perloff Foundation, in conjunction with the Maine Community Foundation,” said FFES Music director, Mari-Jo Hedman. “I asked for twenty-six ukuleles and all kinds of percussion, from large quads and congos to miscellaneous items such as a guiro, claves, vibraslap, slapstick, maracas and others.”
The grant was awarded for just under $3,000. “The grant enabled me to completely revamp my fifth grade curriculum and will give our fifth grade students new and exciting musical experiences for years to come. I am so grateful for this grant because it allowed me to acquire instruments I would otherwise not have been able to put in my budget.”
The fifth graders performed Thank God, I’m a Country Boy and This Little Light of Mine with their ukuleles. The new percussion instruments were used as ‘moving music’ to segue between musical performances of the individual classes.
Students performed to a full house in the Lawrence Gardner gymnasium. Highlights were the Kindergarten class leading the audience in The Chicken Dance and the second graders leading a dance to The Macarena. Jonathan Guimond gave a moving solo to Simple Gifts on his recorder.