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Wolfe students enjoy a global musical experience

Sue Schmidt, (at left) a JAARS missionary, assists Rosa Musick, 18, in playing a flute from Thailand. Also pictured, from left, are Wolfe teachers Vanessa Connell and Karen Thalman.

Students at Wolfe School had the opportunity to play musical instruments from around the world Wednesday, (Sept. 1, 2010), thanks to a demonstration from a missionary at JAARS.

“Some of these instruments are mine, some I borrowed from the people at JAARS,” said Sue Schmidt, a missionary. “Some students can’t express themselves in words, but music helps them express themselves.”

Schmidt brought a “slit gong” from Camaroon, Africa, which is used for music and sending messages; a talking drum from Ghana, Africa; a djembe drum from Africa; a snakeskin covered drum from Papua New Guinea; a pan pipe from South America; a flute from Thailand; a xylophone from Thailand; a rain stick from South America; and a rattle from Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Schmidt was invited by Wolfe teacher Karen Thalman after she attended an open house at JAARS and saw Schmidt demonstrating her instruments from around the world.

“We wanted to give students a hands-on experience to show them cultural diversity,” Thalman said. “We wanted them to see instruments that children in other countries play. Music is an international language.”

Schmidt said she enjoys visiting schools and showing students the diversity of musical instruments from around the world. For more information about Schmidt’s school visits, call (704) 843-6130.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 07, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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