Elementary music dept's growing

The amount of students involved in music classes in the elementary school district has more than doubled, especially with the addition of a full time teacher at Rocky Hill Elementary who teaches classroom music to every class at Rocky Hill.

The 150 student choir at Rocky Hill is made up of third, fourth and fifth grade students. Music director Lisa Coder holds practice in the Rocky Hill cafeteria because it is the only place big enough for all of the singers. The choirs sing in unison and in two-part choral octavos. The choir will sing a variety of holiday, patriotic and folk songs during the winter performance that will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec.16 at Rocky Hill Elementary School. Coder said next semester she hopes to bring in an orchestra or choir to perform for the students.

The Wilson Middle School Warrior Band has practiced for several months in preparation for the winter concert held Monday, Dec. 13. Band director Nora Allstedt said the band continues to grow and has more than 30 students in the sixth grade band alone.

This large crop of students provides new faces and replacements for the award winning Exeter Union High School Monarch Band and the madrigal choir. To keep these elementary and middle school students interested in music, high school music director Kirk Clague has presented clinics to the middle school students. At the same time the Wilson band has traveled to other schools to perform and interest young students.

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