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Visitors share musical talents with classes

Watch North Oakview Elementary students as they react to a visit by district IT employee Ryan Siekman, who plays the tuba

Northview — Kindergartner Ryder Janowiak has a toy tuba at home, but his plastic miniature version was nothing like the real one he and his North Oakview Elementary classmates saw recently.

District IT staffer Ryan Siekman brought in a tuba on loan from the district: “Tubas are very expensive,” he told multiple captivated classes of youngsters as he hit the unmistakable low-pitch notes of the brass instrument.

Ryder and other North Oakview students in Emilee Tremlin’s music classes are being treated this school year to what she hopes will be a handful of surprise guest musicians as they learn about instrument families.

North Oakview music class students got to touch the tuba played by district IT staffer Ryan Siekman as he hit the low notes, to feel the vibrations created by the instrument

“This experience could be the difference between a student continuing playing music in middle (or) high school,” Tremlin said. “A local musician visiting and sharing their talents with our classes could inspire our students to be patrons of the arts after graduation. My hope and dream is not to create the next Mozart but rather, inspire students to love music, sing to their future children and potentially learn to use music as a tool to unwind.”

Robin Paredez, the district’s technology director, played his oboe for Tremlin’s classes, and Tremlin hopes a parent who plays guitar and a percussionist also will visit.

“Northview has a long history of awesome musicians and awesome people,” Tremlin said. “It just makes sense to feature our community members in front of a young but captivated audience.”

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering Northview. She 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


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