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Donations made to schools for early music education

The Lake Havasu Unified School District will march into fall to the beat of several hundred drums, with help from local businesses and organizations.

According to Hal Christiansen, the Lake Havasu Association of Realtors arranged the donation of 175 buckets to the school district for use in providing early musical education at the city’s elementary schools. The donation was part of the Realtors Association’s annual summer drive to help the school district.

“(Superintendent) Diana Asseier said she wanted to bring music back for elementary schools,” Christiansen said. “We wanted to help by getting 35 buckets for each elementary school. We had calls from a number of restaurants and businesses, and one of the managers at Lowe’s said he would donate 175 buckets to the district.”

The school will use those buckets as equipment for “bucket bands” at the schools – makeshift drums to be played with drumsticks at Havasu’s six elementary schools.

“We wanted each school to have a set for their own bucket bands,” Asseier said. “The state has standards for visual performing arts, and the buckets are an inexpensive chance to provide consistency across our schools so that each can teach and provide that strategy for learning.”

The school district employs three music teachers who provide one semester at each of Havasu’s six elementary schools. According to Asseier, the use of drums – or buckets – can teach young musicians skills in counting, rhythm and timbre.

“Drumming is a good way to learn musical skills,” Asseier said. “They’re going to be at our elementary schools only. We’ve been trying to get drumsticks as well … they shouldn’t be too expensive to buy in bulk.”

 

by Brandon Messick, Today's News-Herald
July 20, 2018

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