Elementary teacher explains why music is so important to kids

Who: David Norris

School: Rayma C. Paige Elementary School

Teaches: Music

Grade level: kindergarten through fifth

Graduated from: University of Evansville, bachelor of music education, University of Illinois, master of science in music education

“Music matters. Music has a unique ability to communicate the ideas and emotions of being human. It connects us to our history, our traditions and our heritage with a beauty and power unique in our culture,” says David Norris, elementary music teacher at Rayma C. Pauge Elementary School. We caught up with the veteran teacher to talk about his classroom, future plans and district budget issues.

The Banner: Describe your general classroom activities.

David Norris: Our classroom activities are centered on learning music through experiencing it.

TB: Do you have any special programs or activities going on?

DN: Our fourth grade classes are preparing to present a grade level musical performance called “Get in the Game,” for their families on November 5 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

TB: Can you describe the show?

DN: “Get in the Game” takes place on the first day of gym class at a school. Some of the students have heard that the new gym teacher is a tyrant and because they don’t do as well at the main sports, such as baseball, basketball and football, they are understandably nervous. In addition to the students performing, one of our fourth grade teachers, Lindsay Tomaras, will be assisting with the performance by accompanying the students on the piano.

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