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A boom and whack makes for happy drummers

Wyoming — The sound of boomwhackers hitting on drums slow, fast, in harmony and discordantly had preschoolers dancing and giggling.

Huntington Woods Early Childhood Center and Great Start Readiness Program students drummed away on a recent Thursday morning with Josh Dunigan, a teaching artist with Artists Creating Together. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit organization empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow and celebrate through the arts.

Dunigan is leading several sessions at the school, introducing students to percussion instruments and providing them the chance to explore and enjoy.

“We are moving our bodies to the beat, drumming with our hands and using tools,” Dunigan said. “Music is a very powerful tool for social emotional learning and for communicating and expressing ourselves.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is managing editor and reporter, covering Kentwood, Lowell and Wyoming. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013, and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio


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