Song Harper 052114 Let It Go


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As children take their seats, the humming and droning sounds of string instruments tuning fills the air with excitement. There must be magic in their bows.

Jefferson Elementary students were entertained by a talented group of musicians under the direction of John Champney. The Shelby High School Orchestra brought their violins, violas, cellos, basses, as well as a drum set to inspire young children with the joys of music. Champney used the sections of the orchestra to explain the texture and sound of stringed instruments. The students also learned about the structure of music and how elements like rhythm, melody, and harmony can come together to create the full experience of orchestra. They played a medley of modern pop songs that included, “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen, Bastille’s “Pompeii,”  Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and the grand finale, “What Does the Fox Say?”

The Shelby High School Orchestra is phenomenal! The students who have dedicated their time to learning an instrument have done themselves a favor. Their careers as students have been amplified, and their lives have been enriched as a result of simply dedicating the time and attention to following a conductor. Knowing just the right place to put their fingers because of muscle memory, or just listening to the other members and tuning in to their interpretation of the music is a skill that will make well-rounded college graduates and future community leaders. Please, encourage your child to try a musical arts program when they get the chance in 6th grade or come out and support your local public school band, choir, or orchestra. Thank you Shelby High School Orchestra!


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