The Sound of Music
Ethan Brown '14 hasn't been playing saxophone much longer than his students—he just picked up the instrument last fall. Brown has been playing guitar since he was his students' age, however, and has found that being a relative newcomer to the sax helps him to engage his students at their level.
With two of the largest groups, one of Brown's biggest challenges is keeping all his students interested and engaged. "There's always one or two who catch on faster than the rest, and you know, they're just 9 and 10 year olds. They're always ready to move on to the next thing."
Clarinet is another of popular choice at both Moharimet and Mast Way. Erin Smith '14 teaches her sections in the hallway outside the Moharimet library, where younger students often linger to listen.
Back in their own UNH classroom, students discuss teaching techniques and music teaching theory. Each week, they draw up lesson plans that are reviewed by DeTurk or graduate assistant Maegan Michaud prior to their sessions at Moharimet and Mast Way.
Oyster River elementary music program director Sarah Kuhn gets in on the teaching, as well. Kuhn graduated earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music education degree from UNH.
Durham native Kuhn arguably knows the program as well as anyone—she first picked up the French horn as a Moharimet fourth grader nearly 20 years ago and is the daughter of DeTurk.
Ready, set . . . in the percussion class led by Jared Rocco '14, students time themselves playing a xylophone scale. Everyone is eager for his or her turn to see who is fastest and most accurate.
Rachel Ladrigan '14 started playing the flute when a scheduling error placed her in band in sixth grade. Today, she can't imagine her life without music. "Music has been such a gift in my life, and it's such a privilege to be able to share that gift with these kids."