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ETM is committed to ensuring that all students, no matter their backgrounds or circumstances, have access to music education. We also think it’s important for children and their communities to celebrate music together through concerts and performances. We loved what one student had to say about performing at their music concert.
Have you ever imagined standing on a stage with your friends, music playing, the band playing, your favorite music teacher, and a huge audience? Well, I experienced it! Last year at my school we had a concert. The stage was decorated, students were wearing sunglasses, and it felt good to be on stage in front of my family and with my friends. There were all types of instruments being played during the concert, and I learned a lot about music and instruments.
While I was on the stage, I felt nervous, but it was great standing next to my friends. We all wore yellow and red shirts since all of the songs for the concert were about springtime. We looked good! I sat at the front of the stage because I had a solo. My music teacher taught me a special song. I held the microphone, took a deep breath, and knew that she and my family were proud of me. As I sang the song, I remembered all of the hard work it took to perform at the show, like staying after school and rehearsing. It made me feel proud of myself, my friends, and my school.
During the concert, the students sang, the band played, parents cheered, and some of the children played piano and drums. I was smiling and felt happy to be on stage because I enjoy music and acting. My music teacher selected me to be a part of the 4th-grade chorus, and I have a speaking role as a king named “Gilgamesh.” This role is for my school’s musical, “Dig it!”
I am learning so much from the concerts and music class at my school. I’ve learned lyrics, dance moves, songs, breathing techniques, notes, and that being on stage is fun! I want to learn more about music, and I also want to join my school’s 5th-grade band next year.
-Bronx partner school student, age 9
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