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ASO members perform for River Eves Elementary students
ASO members perform for River Eves Elementary students

Musicians: (l-r) Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet; Joel Dallow, cello; Christopher Pulgram, violin; Tom Sherwood, percussion; and Karen Bliznik, trumpet
Students: (l-r) Sophia Howard, Shanise Davis, Ben Webb, Daylan Smith, Isaiah Jones and Jonathan Whitacre

ROSWELL, Ga. -- In honor of Music in our Schools Month, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed at River Eves Elemetary School in Roswell on Friday, Mar. 25.

Students in second, fourth and fifth grades enjoyed hearing the beautiful music and identifying the pieces that showcased instruments from the string, brass, woodwind and percussion families of the orchestra.

The National Association for Music Education deemed March the national Music in our Schools Month. The goal of this distinction is to stress the importance of quality music education and enlist the support of teachers, students, parents, community members, organizations and other individuals.

"River Eves Elementary is a big advocate of music in our schools," said Neil Pinnock, school principal. "Music in our Schools Month gives us another reason to celebrate music, and as educators, to think creatively about how we can expose our students to music."

Pinnock plays classical music during lunch periods to help students relax and focus on finishing their nutritious lunches.

"When the music is playing, our students are quiet. We've seen it make a big difference," he said.

River Eves music teacher Kathy Clark helped plan a month filled with music for her students.

"We've had our talent show, which showcased students of all ages singing, dancing and playing musical instruments," she said. "[The] visit by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra inspired students with the beautiful sounds of different orchestral instruments . . . I enjoy working with the students and seeing their musical progress from K to fifth grade. They are a terrific group of students."