Hannibal Schools Celebrate Music in March

HANNIBAL – The Hannibal Central School District is celebrating March as Music in Our Schools Month through various activities that infuse music with core subjects across all grade levels.

Fairley fourth graders, from left: Skylar Blake, Briana Tuzinski and Kayla Bishop practice their piano skills using an iPad application called Piano Maestro.
Fairley fourth graders, from left: Skylar Blake, Briana Tuzinski and Kayla Bishop practice their piano skills using an iPad application called Piano Maestro.

At Fairley Elementary School, music teacher Pam Giovannetti has been working with her students to incorporate English language arts and math components into music class.

She said she helps students dig deeper into music vocabulary and focus on counting beats.

Music instruction is also enhanced by technology applications such as Piano Maestro in which students in fourth grade learn basic piano skills on iPads and learn notes written below the staff.

During the recent fourth grade Ole Fashion Day, Giovannetti discussed popular music activities in the 1800s and early 1900s, and she collaborated with Fairley physical education teachers Lynn Halliwell and Scott Leonard to teach square dancing lessons.

Middle and high school students are learning about rhythm, notes, tempo and sound.

Their knowledge will be on display during upcoming band and chorus performances.

The high school band and chorus showcased their skills earlier this month to perform a joint piece called “Celebrate the Day,” a national song for Music in Our Schools Month.

Other music “notes” include recent All-County performances by junior Samanthy Eddy (trombone) and senior Sydney Waloven (flute); and a performance by senior Olivia Mann, a euphonium player, at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium.

For additional music highlights and performances, visit the district website at www.hannibalcsd.org.