It felt like Christmas at HHES Tuesday as music teacher Megan Miles received a giant-sized $4,000 check representing the grant she received from Music Aid Northwest last spring.
“I've been purchasing instruments from around the world this year, and we've been exploring them within our music curriculum,” Miles said. “Students have been able to identify on the world map where the different instruments are from and have been able to learn to play and sing children's songs from around the world.”
The new instruments will be showcased Feb. 23, 2017, when HHES hosts its multicultural arts, science and poetry night, sharing games and music from around the world. Plus, on March 2, the fifth grade will perform “A World of Music” focusing on the importance of music—our universal language.
“I've been thrilled about the students' enthusiasm about exploring the world through song and finding similarities and differences among the instruments, music and cultures around the world,” Miles said.
Mark Claassen, regional president of Washington Music Education Association and band director at Union High School in Camas, presented the check Tuesday.
Music Aid Northwest supports music education in Washington state through fundraising events, such as the sale of special “Music Matters” license plates. Grant recipients are selected by members of Music Aid Northwest and the Washington Music Educators Association.