- Sponsorship -

Students learn skills the fun way: making music

As Amanda Partlo strummed a guitar to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine,” a trio of Alto Elementary students pounded on tambourines in time to the music. For Mason Cross, it inspired a few dance moves as well.

Alto Elementary student Chase Beach keeps time to a song

“If I play loud, how should you play?” Partlo asked.

“Loud!” answered Lacey Rainey in a big voice.

“And if I play quiet, how should you play?” Partlo whispered.

“Quiet,” said Chase Beach, softly.

The trio of students in Cynthia Donahue’s cognitive-impaired classroom took part in 10 one-hour sessions this school year with Partlo, a music therapist at the Franciscan Life Process Center.

They practiced eye contact, motor skills, speech, focus and attention, and more thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Lowell Education Foundation.

Music therapist Amanda Partlo plays several instruments and sings during the interactive sessions

“This is so developmentally where they are at, to have music classes that require involvement,” Donahue said. The sessions “work all those skills we want them to have going forward. And that they are listening to someone besides me has been huge for them.”

Lowell Education Foundation President Heather Cooper said the grant made sense for the foundation to fund, because it “has substantial research behind it that supports its effectiveness in improving social behavior, creativity and vocabulary comprehension, just to name a few. It reduces anxiety and muscle tension, and allows students to learn better — and that’s what LEF is all about.”

- Sponsorship -
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

LATEST ARTICLES

Students reopen fine-dining restaurant six months after closing its doors

GRCC’s The Heritage has reopened to the general public, with culinary students cooking, baking their way toward degrees...

Plotting for a plot

Students’ hand-drawn maps are meant for the safekeeping of memories and to spur ideas for when they write personal narratives...

Outdoor lover, zen seeker, middle-schooler hope-giver

Bill Cataldo is the new K-8 principal for Cedar Springs’ new Red Hawks Online virtual school this year. School News Network took some time to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

District conducts contact tracing after high school student tests positive for COVID-19

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Lowell Area Schools received notification from the Kent County Health Department that a student enrolled at Lowell High School had tested positive for COVID-19...

Education ‘a family thing’ for new interim superintendent

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year at Lowell Area Schools. School News Network sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS