LC Community Music School presents The Young Person’s Concert – Luther College Chips
On Saturday, October 29, Luther College Community Music School (LCCMS) hosted the Young Person’s Concert in the Jensen-Noble Hall of Music Orchestra. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with music education students taking the initiative to interactively teach music to preschool and early elementary school students.
The LCCMS, which began in 2017, offers private 30-minute lessons for various instruments, hosts community events, and creates learning opportunities for homeschooled children and Decorah development centers. Students in private lessons also give a recital to showcase their learning at the end of each semester.
The school closed at the start of the pandemic and reopened this fall. Associate Professor of Education and Music Education Coordinator Jill Wilson is also the LCCMS Coordinator. Under his leadership, music education students volunteer to teach young children about musical instruments. For this event, student volunteers worked to bring a picture book to life.
Music Education major Riley Frank (’23) participated in the event teaching young students how to play the trumpet. He explained why he thought the event was important to both the Luther and Decorah community.
“I think one of the biggest things Luther students have lost during the pandemic has been interacting with
community and the opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience,” Frank said. “This event not only helps provide that experience for Luther’s students who can use it to deepen their own
professional development, but it also gives children and community music school members
involved a chance to explore musical creation in a fun and positive way.
The event began with Madison Becthold (’24) reading John Lithgow’s “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” children’s book. Children listened intently as the titular character learned flute, drums, trombone, and trumpet. Along with each of the instruments the character learns, Becthold had one of the other music education students show the children how to play the instrument. With each note and melody, we saw the young students smile and imitate the gestures of the musicians.
To pause mid-read, Wilson asked the audience to follow a musical beat by tapping their knees or fingertips, clapping, and rolling their fists toward the floor. “March” from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” began to play as parents and children followed Wilson’s movements.
At the end of the reading, the children were encouraged to approach the trumpet, ukulele, piano, drums, flute and violin stations to learn more about them and try to play them. Becthold expressed his gratitude for being able to participate in the event.
“Events like this are important because they help introduce children and families in the community to new instruments,” Becthold said. “As a future music educator, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to show kids how much fun music can be.”
Associate Professor of English Marie Drews (’02) was present with her daughter.
She shared her experience at the event and how much she enjoyed seeing Luther’s students
interacting with the community.
“I really enjoy watching future education majors interact with the kids who attend,” Drews said. “There’s something quite magical about seeing students, immersed in their study of music and become experts in their chosen fields, chatting with curious kids and showing them how to try out different instruments. Children never cease to amaze us with their questions and abilities, and seeing students gain patience and the ability to explain their instruments shows their ability to thrive in educational environments after graduation.
The students of the community will give their recital on November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. All are welcome.