Written by Sarah Cusey, GITC Programs Coordinator
Julia notes that there is a wide range of ability in kindergarten. Some students are completely new to the school setting and the practice of academic learning, while others are already beginning to read. Although her goal is to help all her students get to where they need to be by the end of the year, Julie wants each and every one of them to feel successful along the way. Students who do not excel immediately in the academic arena can experience success in music. This boosts their confidence and supports their learning in other areas.
All kindergarten students at Murray Manor spend a little time each day rotating from classroom to classroom, and what do you suppose the students do while they are with Ms. Cole? Why, music, of course! Julia recently presented to her staff, while playing her guitar, about the benefits of GitC with the hope of expanding access to music beyond her grade level. “I have no problem speaking in front of students, but adults are another story,” she confessed. However, having such a strong passion for this program has pushed her to take a risk and share her excitement with her peers. Two of her colleagues have already enrolled in GitC’s after school training classes; Julia’s enthusiasm is contagious.