–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 01.17.17
Children attending the Sylvania Community Services After School Childcare program held at Central Trail Elementary School have the opportunity to explore BeInstrumental, a musical program that fosters music education.
Beginning this January, a group of kindergarten to second grade children chose to participate in the half hour program to learn about music and various musical instruments.
Local musician and former manager of the Sylvania branch library John Cleveland serves as the instructor for the Centra Trail program.
Gina Black, of SCS, is the administrator of the Before and After School program at Central Trail and is the liaison for the BeInstrumental pilot program. She said children were given the chance to volunteer to participate in the program, which is held each Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. in the Central Trail cafeteria.
BeInstrumental was founded in 2009 by John Mackewich and Jeff Green. Carol McElfresh serves as executive director for the program.
Because of declining funds for musical education, BeInstrumental came into being to ensure that every child has access to a musical education.
BeInstrumental offers everything from lessons to musical mentoring, living up to its motto of changing world one instrument at a time.
BeInstrumental also has a musical instrument bank that lends instruments from horns, strings and drums to pianos without charge. They are available to students who need them.
According to Claire Proctor, “We continue to look for ways to enrich our after school program, and music education seems like a perfect fit. Upbeat music has many effects on children. It can bring great joy as well as other terrific benefits.”
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