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Lanigan students showcase creativity in orchestra class

Lanigan Elementary students showcased some creativity and musicality in orchestra class recently as they were tasked with creating their very own instruments.

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From left, students Trevor Stacy, Mary-Jane Mullaney, Claire Broderick and Calvin Hitzschke display their instruments.

As part of a lesson to learn the different families of musical instruments, fifth and sixth grade students were asked to create an instrument that had at least two different pitches.

The results were overwhelming, as nearly 200 students created a variety of ideas for the project.

While some students replicated existing instruments such as guitars and drums, others invented their very own musical devices.

The idea behind the project can be largely attributed to the story of Landfill Harmonic, a resilient group of students from Uruguay that created instruments from trash they found at a landfill.

Music teacher Kelly Evans said by learning the story of Landfill Harmonic and creating their own instruments, students at Lanigan learned that there is more to music than just notes.

“It’s not just a music lesson. It shows that if there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said. “I’m very proud of the students.”