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West Seneca music teacher performs daily mini concert to start students off on a high note

West Seneca music teacher performs daily mini concert to start students off on a high note

Katie Clark is sharing her love for tunes with the learners at Winchester Potters Elementary School the next they stroll by means of the doorway.

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — A songs instructor at Winchester Potters Elementary College is sharing a music and a smile with students as they stroll by the door.

Katie Clark has started out a morning ritual — a day by day functionality in the hallway before school. She performs her ukulele or violin for just seven or 8 minutes prior to the morning bell seems, but she hopes the effect is extensive-lasting.

“I feel like correct now, instructing and discovering are so arduous. We are doing work to capture each and every a single up to pre-pandemic ranges, the place they might have been, and I feel I have a exceptional talent established to place the kids in the right mindset,” mentioned Clark. “If they stroll in hearing some thing positive, listening to something encouraging, I hope they get that into the classroom.”

Clark performed her instruments for the college students right here and there in the past, but the hallway “mini concert events” started off choosing up all over the vacations. 

Clark and a pair of other tunes teachers 1st established up in the hallway back again in December to participate in Xmas tunes and spread a minimal holiday cheer, but once she saw just how popular the early morning songs was with the children, she understood she had to keep it going.

What started as the occasional song has now turned into a day-to-day functionality headlined by this one particular-woman display.

“I should really get a tambourine,” laughs Clark. 

Principal Robyn Brady states Clark’s talent and enthusiasm shine via with each and just about every be aware.

“I’ve long gone into her classroom, and she will go from instrument to instrument and be in a position to present the children so promptly how to use the instrument. She is so very client and variety with the kids, so they come to feel the confidence that they can engage in the instrument as well,” explained Brady.

Clark has been instructing at Winchester Potters Elementary University for 15 a long time, but her appreciation for all things musical goes back again way additional than that.

“I’ve been singing considering the fact that I could communicate. I’ve been enjoying the piano because possibly I was 3-decades-previous, but I seriously began in fourth quality. Fourth quality orchestra with Mr. Reed, and I started on the violin,” reported Clark.

Musical talent is in her DNA. Clark’s father was her music teacher expanding up, and he utilised to enjoy instruments for his pupils. Her brother is a new music instructor now as well.

Clark is in multiple bands, and her enjoy for music stretches from the hallway to the classroom and the stage to social media. But most likely 1 of her most captive audiences is ideal there in the school hallway. 

“Most of them, it catches them off guard. They are going to prevent, and they will listen to the full song. I discover myself obtaining to reduce the track small so there are not 30 little ones standing there on the stairway for the reason that they have to get to course,” mentioned Clark.

“We’ll have to begin shooing the little ones off to breakfast simply because they’re going to just cease, and they just stare at her. They are smiling, and it is so adorable,” said Brady.

Clark occasionally usually takes requests, and other instances, she just chooses a track or two that she thinks will set the youngsters in a fantastic temper as they head off to class.

“In the mid-winter season slump, I will just do some thing genuinely upbeat as they are coming in and dragging their ft,” said Clark. “It sets my day off in a optimistic way as nicely, and I get some exercise out of it much too.”

The pupils generally give her compliments on her outfit and taking part in, but at the time, she bought a minor anything further.

“There was a college student who arrived up with a quarter one day and just put it proper on my foot,” laughed Clark. “We do get a great deal of smiles and a whole lot of sing-a-longs. I hope it definitely just sets them off on the ideal foot.”