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Grant gives ELC students another musical option

By Staff | Feb 19, 2017

They say life without music would be flat.

Estherville Lincoln Central elementary students have the opportunity this year to be sharp thanks to the purchase of acoustic guitars, which was made possible with a grant from the ELC Foundation.

At Monday’s school board meeting, ELC elementary music teacher Denise Laaveg talked about the program and also brought along nine students to demonstrate their beginner skills.

Since November, third and fourth grade students have been working on learning the simple C and simple G7 chords while some have moved on to actual C and G7 chords.

The students have also learned about hand positions as well as the parts of the guitar and keeping a steady strum.

The students played “Jingle Bells” and “Skip to My Lou.”

Laaveg said she plans to start guitar with second grade students next year, teaching the easy C and G7 chords so that by the time they are fourth graders they can tune and pick.

ELC Elementary Principal Shane Kalous said it’s a good that they built a large music room in the new elementary.

“Between the keyboards and guitars, it’s cool to see how it all turned into organized chaos,” Kalous said. “It’s cool to see these kids walking out of music with a smile on their face.”