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Waterville Kids Rock

posted May 8, 2017, 9:41 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 12, 2017, 2:24 PM ]
The national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock Maine Kids Rock(http://www.littlekidsrock.org/), has a mission to build a world where children can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. This collaboration is the first time the organization has partnered with a state department of education. As part of the 2017-2018 Maine Kids Rock pilot program, 10 schools, including Waterville, will receive $5,000 worth of musical instruments as part of the program’s $50,000 investment in Maine. The intent of the pilot program is to expand and innovate current music programs throughout Maine. To be eligible for the pilot, school districts must have enrollments in which 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, and they must agree to offer modern band during the 2017-2018 school year, taught by certified music teachers, according to the state education department.
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Sue Barre, president of the Maine Music Educators Association and a teacher at Waterville, said teachers will be trained to offer classes using modern band methods and materials. Teachers will use methods rooted in children’s knowledge of popular music forms including rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, country, reggae, and R&B.


A three-piece band from Waterville performed before and after the event, and Adan Lawlor, a junior, said via email that music education has shaped who he is as a musician and person. In the 2017-18 School Year, Modern Band will be offered next fall in place of the traditional music theory class. In the new Modern Band course, students will learn to play keyboard, guitar, bass and drums.