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  • Grant check presented to Meadowlark Elementary School

  • It was announced in September that Meadowlark Elementary School had been awarded a Music Matters grant from the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation, and the check for $2,540 was formally presented today during a school-wide assembly.

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  • It was announced in September that Meadowlark Elementary School had been awarded a Music Matters grant from the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation, and the check for $2,540 was formally presented today during a school-wide assembly.
    However, the money had already been spent, and to prove it, a group of fifth graders performed on a variety of drums, led by Meadowlark music specialist Lacy Mikrut, who prepared and submitted the grant application.
    “We’re very happy you were able to purchase this fantastic drum set,” said Cindy Myers of Audio Acoustics, Joplin, the local Muzak Franchise holder. “We want children to learn as much about music as they can.”
    The funds were used to purchase a 43-piece REMO World Music Drumming package and the “Peanut Butter Jam” drumming classroom kit.
    Becky Bedene, Meadowlark principal, said that the drums came in on Halloween day.
    “We had an opportunity to tap on them and so on,” she said.
    The assembly was arranged, the principal said, so that all the students could be there to cheer on Mikrut as she received the giant check from Myers.
    Mikrut said that the drums played at the Friday assembly included the buffalo drum, tubano drums and djembe drums.
    “We’ve also got a variety of shakers, rattles and bells,” she added.
    Mikrut said that, when starting to teach any form of drumming, it’s best to start with a vocal pattern.
    “With the vocal pattern comes rhythm, and as they progress they can sing melodies as they drum,” she said. “The last piece comes when you add dance to the vocalizing and drumming.”
    The percussion pieces represent a variety of African and Caribbean cultures, and Mikrut said that her students will be learning more than music in her class.
    “Music is vital and helps in every subject, including math, history and geography and world cultures,” she said. “These students don’t just belong in Pittsburg, they can go anywhere and not have to leave the school.”

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