The students at Children's Meeting House Montessori School presented holiday and seasonal songs at their recent Winter Performance. The show was organized and coordinated by music teacher Gina Jasinoski, who worked with the students for nine weeks. "It was an amazing journey and experience. The children put forth tremendous effort in their practice and have learned and grown musically."
All the students learned and sang songs about the winter season, Christmas, and Hanukah. Under Ms. Jasinoski's direction, the children learned to play several songs on the xylophone and glockenspiel. In addition, the fourth through sixth graders received instruction on the recorder and learned to play several songs. "It has been wonderful to watch the children's musical world expand as they learn about tempo, chords, and rhythm. The pride that they feel as they gain mastery of each song is evident from their broad smiles and their eagerness to learn more," stated Jasinosky.
In addition to the student performance, teacher John Phenix lead the audience and younger children in several holiday favorites such as 'Jingle Bells' and 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'. "It gives me such a warm, glowing feeling to lead children in song. Music is a delightful gift that I love to share, especially this time of year," said Mr. Phenix.
The show culminated with the sixth graders playing 'Carol of the Bells' which they arranged themselves. The carol was performed with one sixth grader playing the piano accompanied by the rest of the class on xylophones. "This song took dedicated practice and cooperation to coordinate the tempo and rhythm. They willingly gave up recesses to put in the time and effort required to perfect and feel confident playing this song together," stated Jasinosky.
Children’s Meeting House offers optimal hands-on learning to students preschool through sixth grade. The school celebrates 40 years of creating a legacy of young leaders and can be reached by calling (513) 683-4757.