The Sound of Music

Ethan Brown '14 with his saxophone students

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.  

saxophone students at Moharimet Elemntary

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."

Erin Smith -14 with clarinet students

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.

Moharimet students and UNH Students gather before instruction

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.

Sarah Kuhn with French horn students

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.

Sarah Kuhn with French horn students

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.

Jared Rocco '14 with percussion students

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 with instructing students

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."

DeTurk observes his students for the remainder of the semester, often pitching in to teach a section or two when extra hands—and instruments—are needed.

After leading the first two sessions for his students, DeTurk observes his students for the remainder of the semester, often pitching in to teach a section or two when extra hands—and instruments—are needed.

Ethan Brown '14 teaches saxophone to a class of fourth grade students at Moharimet School in Madbury, NH.