Guitars donated to music class
BALDWIN — Fifth-grade students in Julie Sherlock’s music classroom are trying their hands at learning guitar, thanks to a private donation by Jim Truxton.
Truxton, who is active in music programs at West Shore Community College and a supporter of the music arts, purchased and donated 14 guitars to add to the six guitars shared among students in the class.
The six guitars were received from Little Kids Rock Foundation with donations by Jim Dunn, of Ludington, Jim Radar, of Baldwin, and teacher, Karen Knapp. There are now enough guitars in the classroom for each student to practice with.
“This literally cuts in half the amount of time students have to learn. Now they can progress at a more rapid pace,” Sherlock said. “The students love the Little Kids Rock curriculum we use. In the spring of 2017, I received instruments, curricular materials and professional development and training to deliver the curriculum from a grant through the LKR Foundation. It has had an enormously positive impact in my classroom, as virtually all children are enthusiastic and engaged in the lesson.
“The students develop important musicianship skills on an instrument that they can use into adulthood. I always remind them that a guitar can be played in church, around a campfire, to sing to their children or to start a rock band,” she added.
By the end of fifth grade, students also will have learned to play keyboard, bass and a drum set. They also form bands to play contemporary music.
“Mr. Truxton also has donated electric basses, amps and other instruments to my music program, and has invited our students to attend concerts at West Shore Community College. My music program would not be what it is without him,” Sherlock said.